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Under the spreading chestnut tree

Many of us learned the great Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem The Village Blacksmith in school, which begins: UNDER a spreading chestnut tree The village smithy stands; The smith, a mighty man is he, With large and sinewy hands; And the muscles of his brawny arms Are strong as iron bands. As a forestry student, I learned that […]

Life cycle of buckeye

Ohio buckeye, Aesculus glabra, is a common tree in the Bluegrass and Midwest. Here is a slideshow of its life cycle. More photos will be added as time permits.

The poison tree

Scroll down for story below the slide show. [soliloquy id=”1453″] Hiking in the Sierra Nevada foothills, I saw the tree first, then its flowers, and then the pile of dead bees beneath the tree. The tree was a California buckeye, Aesculus californica, and the flowers had killed the bees. Buckeye is a small group of […]