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: Cherry Tree

Characteristics and Fun Facts The cherry tree is part of the Prunus and has over 400 species of flowering shrubs and trees in the rose family (Rosaceae) and can be deciduous or evergreen. Prunus trees and shrubs are categorized as stone fruits, known scientifically as drupes. These also include almond, nectarine, peach, plum and apricot trees. The cherry can grow from 4 to…

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: Chestnut

Characteristics and Fun Facts The chestnuts are a group of eight or nine species of deciduous trees and shrubs in the genusCastanea, and in the beech family Fagaceae. They are native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, the four most commonly known species groups are American, European, Chinese, and Japanese chestnuts. Fully grown chestnuts usually reach heights of 16m – 25m tall, however the size of…

Tree a Week: Hazel

Characteristics and Interesting Facts The hazel (Corylus) is a genus of deciduous trees and large shrubs native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere with 14–18 species . The genus is usually placed in the birch family Betulaceae, though some botanists split the hazels (with the hornbeams and allied genera) into a separate family Corylaceae. Hazel requires a winter chilling period of 800 – 1200 hrs below 7 C (45…

Tree a Week: Elm

Characteristics and Fun Facts Elms are deciduous and semi-deciduous trees comprising the flowering plant genus Ulmus in the plant family Ulmaceae and grows in variety of climatic conditions. There are about 30 to 40 species of Elm The elm tree originated in what is today’s central Asia spreading over most of the Northern Hemisphere. Most commonly…

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,…