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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Baldcypress on North U.

What gives with all the dawn-redwoods in town when you can do perfectly well with a nice native (to the U.S. at least) bald-cypress? Yes, this is the same tree that inhabits swamps and bayous of the southeast, home to ivory-billed woodpeckers (once) and prothonotary warblers (still). You can see an impressive row of them on North University just off State Street.
    Dawn-redwood and bald-cypress are in two separate genera, but both drop their branchlets of needles in the fall. The branchlets on dawn-redwood come in pairs, whereas in bald-cypress they are arranged in an alternate fashion . . . and they are soft and feathery. Check them out!

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