January 13, 2013
Whole Tree Identification
Large free-standing trees near Neville Place and on the golf course were
the focus of this program. We identified these trees by their overall
structure and branching patterns, observations that are most easily made
in winter, when the trees have lost their cloak of leaves.
In these photos, the group looks, together, at a tree being described
by Elizabeth Wylde (with clipboard); we gather around a pin oak on the
golf course; Susan Coolidge (brown coat) takes apart a sycamore ball to
show the seeds ; and indoors, Stacy Kilb from the Mass. Department of
Agricultural Resources, holds up an example of infestation by the Asian
longhorn beetle, a recently introduced pest that is a future threat to
our local trees.