Spring 2020:
Join the Spring Tree Watch 2020 (link above). There is lots to look at if you take the time!

Tree of the Week (May 25): Eastern Flowering Dogwood
How can it be anything but the Eastern Flowering Dogwood this time of the year? This small stunningly beautiful tree does not actually have beautiful flowers; they are small and greenish yellow. But, the flowers are surrounded by large white bracts with pink-edged notches. For more information check out the Eastern Flowing Dogwood page.

Eastern Flowering Dogwood flowers just coming out

Tree of the Week (May 13): Eastern White Pine
It's Ontario's Provincial Tree, and the tallest tree of the province. It has beautiful bluish-green needles in bundles of five that are soft to the touch. It has a windswept form that is favoured by artists such as the Group of Seven. It once was found in towering old growth forests in Ontario. Yet today few old growth trees remain and it has often been usurped by White Spruce and Red Pine and the invasives Norway Spruce and Scot's Pine. Click here to find out more about the unsung hero of the Deciduous forest, Eastern White Pine.

A beautiful three-trunked windswept white pine, Norfolk County

Tree of the Week (May 1): Sassafras
It's hard to beat Sassafras with its deep brown, interlacing bark, three leaf types, interesting colourful fruit and totally amazing fall colours. It is surprising that there are not more of these beautiful trees planted as landscape trees. Be sure to visit the Sassafras page.

Sassafras trees showing a variety of fall colours, Norfolk County

Tree of the Week (April 24):
Swamp White Oak
Swamp White Oak is not a commonly planted tree, but look at this 300 year old Swamp White Oak in Chatham, Ontario, in the parking lot of an apartment building! Check out this article about the tree from the Windsor Star. Be sure to visit the Swamp White Oak page for another picture of this and other trees!

A 300 year old Swamp White Oak, Chatham-Kent

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

The Lost Forests of Eastern New England - Eastern Old Growth is an excellent YouTube documentary. Although it is American based, the forest "story" told is similar to Ontario's forest story.

About Point59

We've been around for over 20 years! Our own domain, point59.ca, started about 10 years ago. The website was originally used for educational purposes; today it is a place to share the love of native trees and plants! Enjoy the pages, and be sure to get out there and look at trees, or plant a few (native ones of course:)

Special thanks to St. Williams Nursery and Ecology Centre for the many photo and video opportunities.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.


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