2020 Spring Tree Watch
This page will be updated and videos will be posted throughout the spring as different species of trees flower and leaf out. Watch the videos, one for each day listed below, on the Point59 YouTube Channel (link above).

March 26, 2020: Still waiting for sunny warm days! Spring is progressing slowly. Red Maples are flowering now, and they are so red! It seems like Silver Maple flowers are very red, but Red Maple is far more vivid. The buds are swelling on many different species, like Yellow Birch, Beech and Paw Paw. Did you know that Yellow Birch is an important species for birds? Some of its seed and pollen cones stay on the tree over winter providing birds with food.

The flowers of Red Maple are beautiful!

Paw Paw trees are forming flowers.

March 19, 2020:
The first official day of spring! But not a very inspiring one with cloud cover all day long. Spring is moving slowly. What is needed is sunshine and warmth! It will be a bit yet, as the forecast calls for some low temperatures over the next few days.

Spring Tree Watch 2020 found a favourite White Ash tree infected by Emerald Ash Borer. How sad!

More sadness -- this row of Sycamores is slated to be removed.

March 14, 2020
: Red Maples are now starting to flower. Some Silver Maples are in full bloom.

Red Maple

Silver Maple

March 8, 2020: One of the earliest flowering trees in spring, and the earliest of the maples, is Silver Maple. The Silver Maples in the photo below are already flowering in Norfolk County!

Where can Silver Maples be found? Silver Maple has been a favoured tree for yard and roadside planting, so any trees in flower in those locations are most likely Silver Maple. Red and Freeman's Maple flower slightly later and are mostly found in forests. Sugar and Black Maple flower later in the season.

February 2020:
Who says tree gazing isn't good in the winter? When viewing a forest in winter, coniferous trees stand out -- White and Red Cedar,  Eastern White Pine and Hemlock. Trees of large size are also easy to spot. Beech and species of Oak are noticeable since they retain their leaves over winter.

There are a number of small White Pine trees throughout this forest.
Sycamore trees with their beautiful mottled white bark, and seed balls make a lovely showing in winter. Kentucky Coffee Tree is easily recognized by its large, leathery seed pods which persist over the winter. Shagbark Hickory with its shaggy bark is beautiful any time of the year, also Beech with its smooth silvery bark. The umbrella shape of White Elm makes it easy to spot.

A group of White Elm

If you notice a tree, particularly a young tree, with  leaves that have turned colour, but are still on the tree during winter, it is probably a species of oak or a beech tree.
Marcescence is the term for "withering but retention" of leaves. But why are leaves retained over winter??? Check out this website explaining marcescence.

A young Hill's Oak in February


About Point59: We've been around for over 20 years! Our own domain, point59.ca, started about 10 years ago. At first, the tree pages had drawings, but they have now all been replaced with photographs. Not bad for 65 species of trees! Enjoy the pages, and be sure to get out there and look at trees, or plant a few (native ones of course:)

Comments and suggestions are welcome.


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