Thursday, March 29, 2007


Watching the green crawl up the mountain ravines, I know that I am looking at the poplars along the mountain streams. It is the magnificent tulip poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera, which sends out the most leaves first. The other major population in these forests is the oak tribe. They are a bit more reluctant to leaf, not wanting to risk the loss of all of their foliage to frosts. They are tentatively hanging out their "flowers" adding more pollen to the sex-filled air.

1 comment:

Laura said...

I love liriodendrons! They're my favorite trees ever -- the way they grow so straight and tall! What a great picture of the new leaves framing the old seed/flower structure.