Thursday, May 31, 2012

Light Green, Dark Green

Three weeks ago, new leaves were contrasting beautifully with last year's on evergreens around town. Photos of this have collected, aged, and if they age anymore all that new growth will have become overgrowth and then, as seems the ultimate condition, yardwaste. So without further procrastination:

a laurel (at various times called skip laurel or cherry laurel, not native but also not invasive),

english ivy,
probably a yew bush,
a native mountain laurel.

And in an effort to make the deciduous less anonymous,

a hackberry (lining Walnut St. across from JW Middleschool, and occasionally found in the woods)
poison ivy popping up through a privet hedge, like a bandit seeking to steal away domestic tranquility,
a native blackhaw Viburnum (note tiny leaf along stems in upper left of photo--a common characteristic),
a native hazelnut, which judging from the holes in the leaves donates early and often to support-your-local-insect charities,

and last but not least, a tulip poplar pulls a new leaf out of its hat in a long-running magic trick.


  1. There is a tree on the north side of our house (this is Pat, your neighbor) that may be hackberry--thank you for helping me find out what it is. It's a miracle tree; a friend gave it to us one fall in a pot. We failed to plant it, and it languished in the basement. I thought it would die, but miraculously, there was a water drip in the sink where I left it, and it survived. It is thriving in close proximity to the old Norway maple. Can you help me confirm its identify the next time you drop by? THanks!

  2. I think we have a hackberry (this is Pat, your neighbor). Could you help me confirm it next time you're here? It's on the north side of house languishing underneath a huge Norway maple.

  3. Glad to. Hackberry has very distinctive, worty bark. You can google images of the trunk for comparison.