..and water the ficus!

Ala, her father and I just got back from a walk around the grounds at the local college. It’s sixty-eight degrees here in MA, which is really odd for the last day in November. So we thought we’d take advantage of the warmth. To my euphoria, there were labeled trees everywhere! Right away we found an American Elm, which got me really excited- thanks to the Dutch Elm disease, there are few Elm trees in Maine. I could not remember having seen one, and I’d actually been talking about said trees with Keturah recently.
We also found what I was certain were sycamores- but they were labelled London Plain! Can anyone shed some light on this mystery?
Aha! I just did some research, and it appears that the London Plane tree is a hybrid of American and Oriental Sycamores. And I also just learned that what we consider Sycamore is not the same thing Zacchaeus climbed. That was likely a fig tree, or Ficus sycomorus. I’d always assumed it had been imported.
We also saw Tuliptree, Zelkova, and a huge Ginkgo. One of the most interesting, however, was a birch-like tree with flaking, bright orange-gold bark. I looked up all the varieties of birches but didn’t find one that fit. Anyone know of a tree that fits this description?

We also passed the greenhouses, and I found a plant that I later learned I had correctly identified as horehound. I found that exciting, as I’d never actually seen the plant outside of a book or magazine. There was also a stream with an interesting waterweed floating in it…so I’m off to look that up!

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  1. Sonja!! Said,

    December 12, 2006 @ 5:11 pm

    Hannah guess what! I’ll be home in four days. Yaaaaaay! Want to go see Eragon sometime? Aaaah! I just finished my Calculus final, and I am radiently happy to be coming home soon. =D

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