New Life for Chinkapin

Last year I posted on a “Lack of Courage” about a Chinkapin Oak. I cut the tree down to about 3 inches last fall and hoped for the best.  This spring to prevent deer browse I put two tree protectors around the tree. Now in Mid-July there is a lot of new growth.  Some of…

Baby Bettlereiche

Bettlereiche was the very large and old oak that I visited in Switzerland in May 2019. Somehow a few acorns from that tree jumped in my luggage and found their way back to Minnesota.  In late May I planted them in seed starter soil and kept them watered outside.  And surprisingly they have grown.  I…

Winching Trees

So we had a big flood that flattened a bunch of trees.  I have fixed the smaller under 6 foot trees by putting them in new tree tubes and a new PVC stake.  Some of those trees have leaves coated in mud and are still waterlogged.  I hope that the tree tubes will provide an…

Flood of June 2019

Many of the trees I have been planting over the years have been in a clearing on flood plain land by the Zumbro River.  Other trees have been planted in a clearing on a high ridge above the Zumbro River.  Overnight on Thursday June 27th we had around 7 inches of rain.  With the river…

Tree Hunters Part III

What are the biggest trees in the world?  By biggest I mean tree volume not height.  The Giant Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California have generally been considered the biggest.  But have all the giant trees been found?  My previous posts on Tree Hunters focused on Europe and Eastern United States tree hunters. …

The Butternut

I was reading the June/July 2019 Minnesota Forestry Association Woodlands bulletin.  There was an article on “The Endangered Trees of Minnesota”.  Two species – Butternut and Eastern Hemlock are considered endangered, meaning that they are vulnerable to extinction.  Per the article Butternut is a medium to large hardwood tree with pinnately compound leaves and thick,…

Bettlereiche

Can you pronounce “Bettlereiche”?  I can’t.  Bettlereiche is the name of a tree I visited in Thun, Switzerland.  When planning a May 2019 trip to Germany, France, and Switzerland I explored the Monumental Trees website for a big tree to visit.  I found one in Thun Switzerland which we stayed one night in.  So on…