Saturday, May 12, 2007

Stewartia Pseudocamellia

I have finally tracked down the name of my favorite tree, thanks to the botanical genius of Guy "Bilbo" Meacham.

The Stewartia Pseudocamellia:

Having journeyed across the Pacific from Japan, in the spring its branches spread wide with smooth taut bright green leaves reaching towards the sky. Summer invites the buds to unfold their snowy pedals revealing vibrant orange anthers. Upon falls arrival, the tree erupts in a brilliant explosion of gold, crimson, and purple. This deciduous looses its foliage in the winter only to expose it's multicolored exfoliating bark of contrasting shades of gray and brown.

Honestly, who has a favorite tree?


Mirranda said...

How very poetic in an extremely manly way!


Melany said...

I have a favorite tree. :) It is a weeping cherry tree- a cross between a cherry tree and a weeping willow. They are beautiful!

Jessi said...

who has a favorite tree? the same person who blogs about raisins.

It's ok. I have a favorite tree too.

Anonymous said...

Listen I appreciate your new found love for trees Knep. From a friend who invites you to come to the river every weekend takes Plant ID Classes. Do I have a favorite tree well let me tell you

-Early Spring = Syringa patula 'Miss Kim. Flowers early for Mothers Day

-Summer Tree = Liriodendron tulipifera. Leaf Shape is soo unique

-Fall = Acer griseum. Color, Leaf Shape compared to the species, and Unique Bark. WOW it's cool

-Winter = Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula'. When it gets big/old it looks very gloomy/ghostly in the wind. I like the way it smells too

-Fraxinus oxycarpa 'Flame Ash'= The amazing # of buds overload the tree with interest and don't even get me started on color. WOW

I suggest you look at the OSU site it has some really great pictures of plants.

David Stewartia pseudocamellia is a nice plant but the plants fruit is what is so interesting. The Bark is Amazing, the Fall Color Glorious, but the fruit are like no other tree species on earth. The plant world is full of trees that have a single feature that set it apart. But I don’t want to debate which is BEST. Wow this is long I'm sorry.

Peace out, Scotty E

David Knepprath said...

Scotty! After reading that comment, I have just fallen head over heals in love with trees! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't you prefer petals on a tree instead of a bicycle part (pedal)?