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Name: Moggs
Lilburn, GA (Zone 7b)
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mmolyson
May 1, 2020 1:47 PM CST
I live in a forest with many old-growth trees that are beautiful and impressive. I could say I like this species for the number of pollinators it supports or that species for the number of birds it supports, but there is one little tree that I've come to know as an individual. It is a maple, and even though I've cataloged all the other trees, this one I did not. I don't know his species. It seemed almost disrespectful to put him on a talley sheet because he is a survivor. He has no top, in fact, he's only about eight feet tall now, no bark at all, there are obvious critter holes, I don't know who lives there, but there are lots and lots of insect holes to say life is there. But the tree has not given up, it survives! It has one branch coming out of the top covered with fresh leaves! Even though the elements have whittled away at him he is going to keep on doing what trees do, producing leaves to gathering sunlight. I've had a hard time trying to take a picture of him because isolating a green tree in a green forest is a challenge to my limited skills, but I finally got a shot today with descent lighting after two years of trying. So I wanted to share the survivor with you. Are there any plants out there that you have gotten to know personally?
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
May 3, 2020 2:12 PM CST
Yes, one of them is the Hackberry. This tree feeds a multitude butterflies, birds and many insects. It is a lovely tree when allowed to grow undisturbed.
But because it is so common in this area and likes to self-seed freely, many people hate it and call it a trash tree. I say that Nature doesn't make trash and that we need to learn to appreciate the gifts that she gives us. Smiling
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Name: Moggs
Lilburn, GA (Zone 7b)
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mmolyson
May 4, 2020 9:57 AM CST
I don't have a hackberry, but my neighbor two doors down does so I get to visit it to see what is going on in the moment. (Our neighborhood does not have fences, you are allowed to walk along the river freely, but I think I'm the only one who does!) Life in and on the hackberry is always very active and I enjoy my visit. Smiling
When You send forth Your Spirit, they are created, and You renew the face of the earth! Psalm 104:30
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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frostweed
May 4, 2020 11:55 AM CST
Thank you for appreciating the lovely Hackberry, Smiling I love the warts on the trunk along with it's many attributes.
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PlantingOaks
May 19, 2020 9:35 AM CST
I am intrigued, if there is not bark at all, wouldn't that mean the trunk has to be dead? Did another seed sprout in the top of the dead trunk?

Curiouser and curiouser.

I love your tree either way.
Name: Moggs
Lilburn, GA (Zone 7b)
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mmolyson
May 22, 2020 12:03 PM CST
Planting Oaks,
I've wondered about this tree a good bit. My degree is in biology, so this tree defies the superficiality of what I was taught and learned. The thing is, nature always seems to find a way. The tree is a little too tall for me to inspect the tissue where the branch emerges AND critters live there so I haven't gotten that close. But IF there is just enough xylem and phloem that is still functioning, even if the tree is in the process of dying, a tiny portion is still alive and it has been this way the last three springs that I have known it. Having said that, you are right, a seed could have germinated and my tree could be a nursery tree. The only problem with that is we usually see apical dominance with trees that form in that manner and you do not see that here. The branch is horizontal and is not straight up as a main trunk would be.
When You send forth Your Spirit, they are created, and You renew the face of the earth! Psalm 104:30

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