There is something special about the winter season that helps me to slow down and notice the details in plants that I have overlooked before. If you had the fortune of catching José Fernández’s beautifully poetic article last week, you’ll understand my choice for brevity and pictures 😄.
Below are some high points of a walk I took this weekend in the near east side neighborhood of Woodland Park. If you enjoyed this (digital) walk today, join me in person for a winter identification walk at Jeffrey Mansion on Saturday March 16th at 11AM. Click here to learn more and get your ticket(s)!
The snow-covered flowers of the Winter blooming Jelena Witchhazel, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena.’
Horstmann’s Silberlocke Korean Fir
The upside-down new growth of Horstmann’s Silberlocke Korean Fir, Abies koreana ‘Horstmann’s Silberlocke.’
The camo-pattern in the bark of Lacebark pine, Pinus bungeana.
Golden Rain Tree
The seed pods of Golden rain tree, Koelreuteria paniculata.
Yellow-bellied sapsucker damage on the trunk of Cucumber magnolia, Magnolia acuminata.
The bark of Persian parrotia, Parrotia persica, a member of the Witchhazel family, native to the Middle-East, and an excellent four-season tree that deserves more use in the landscape.
Japanese Stewartia & Echo
The beautiful apricot underbark of Japanese stewartia, Stewartia pseduocamellia (framing my best friend Echo).
The variegated foliage of English boxwood, Buxus sempervirens ‘Variegata.’
Holly & Birch
The bright fruit of Red Sprite winterberry holly, Ilex verticillata ‘Red Sprite’ and the silvery white stems of Royal Frost birch, Betula x ‘Royal Frost.’
The magnificent exfoliating bark of Paperbark maple, Acer griseum.
Shelf fungi on the buttress roots of White Ash, Fraxinus americana.
Skylands Oriental Spruce
The green and yellow variegated foliage of Skylands Oriental spruce, Picea orientalis ‘Skylands.’
Coral Bark Japanese Maple
The red bark of the Coral bark Japanese maple, Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku.’ I couldn’t get the sunlight to cooperate with me for this picture but this tree is a looker and the bright young stems really stand out on a grey winter day.
The glossy green leaves and bright red fruit of American Holly, Ilex opaca.
The close-up view of Hackberry bark, Celtis occidentalis. This picture reminds me of the Grand Canyon. When I look at it, I can imagine tiny people on little pack mules traveling along the ridges.
Click here to learn more and get your ticket(s) for my upcoming winter identification walk at Jeffrey Mansion on Saturday March 16th at 11AM.
TJ Nagel | Regional Manager, Russell Tree Experts
ISA Certified Arborist® OH-6298A // Graduated from The Ohio State University in 2012, Earned B.S. in Agriculture with a major in Landscape Horticulture and minor in Entomology // Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ) // Russell Tree Experts Arborist Since 2010