Tree a Week: Pine

Methuselah is one of the world’s oldest living organisms at around 4,600 years old.

Tree a Week: Maple

Characteristics and Interesting Facts Maple is the common name for any member of the genus Acer, a group of about 125 species of mostly deciduous trees and shrubs in the Northern Hemisphere. Most maples are native to Asia, but several species also occur in North America, northern Africa and Europe. Most species grow to 10 to 40 meters…

Tree a Week: Lime

This week, I learnt all about lime trees. Very tasty salad material but also can be used to make durable fabrics.

Tree a Week: Alder

One of the most useful trees in a forest garden context, fertilising the surrounding plants with minimum intervention.

Tree a Week: Birch

Interesting Facts Birch is in the genus Betula. The birch family Betulaceae contains six genera of deciduous nut bearing trees including birches, alders, hazels, horn beams and hop-hornbeams. There are about 40 species of small to medium trees and shrubs, in Northern temperate climates Average lifespan of the birch is 40-50 years. In favourable conditions,…

Tree a Week: Beech

Characteristics and Fun Facts Beeches are deciduous trees in the Fagaceae family There are 11 species of beech but two well known ones are the American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) and the European Beech (Fagus sylvatica). They can be found in North America, Europe and Asia Although often regarded as native in southern England, recent evidence has shown that it…

Tree a Week: Oak

Following on from my last post about Patagonia’s Treeline and Wohlleben’s ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’, this will be the first of a series of post on trees. I’ve always wanted to learn more about trees – how to identify them, it’s uses, a little bit of history and characteristics – and now that I…