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more adventures with trees

2003-04-22 - 4:39 p.m.

Just in case the last entry left the impression that we're mad, tree-killing maniacs at Peachfront's house, I'll post a few pictures of trees we've planted.

pecan tree from seed

Above is a pecan tree sprouted from a nut from a neighbor's pecan tree in Kenner, Louisiana. Trees grown from seed instead of from clones don't breed true. We assume that it will never give nuts, which is fine, because we have a small front yard and don't need a huge tree dropping stuff everywhere. It does have to be cut back somewhat aggressively to keep it dwarfed. It will be 13 years old in the fall.

baby satsuma

The satsuma flowers have finished, and the baby satsumas are starting to form on our backyard satsuma tree, which is several years old. I always thought of satsuma as a sort of tangerine with its zippery peel, but it may actually be a kind of mandarin orange.


We planted this pine tree when it was a little $4 tree from a nursery in Folsom. Whoa! Look at it now. There was a second tree planted at the same time, which was brought down several years ago in a tornado, but miraculously didn't fall on the cars or the house.

Bonus: I've been watching with amazement that the mums, planted last fall for some Halloween color, have returned and obviously plan to burst out in full bloom. I thought they were supposed to be annuals, and we did have a freeze in January. But I'm certainly not going to argue with it.

mums covered with orangey buds

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