It’s tree time

Very last minute I know, in fact I may not make the cut by the time I have published, but here it is, my tree update.

There’s nothing like a schedule to make you realise how fast time goes, and believe me it’s going fast, I must be having fun!


The beech has clearly decided it deserves a second chance and I may even reward it’s tenacious behaviour with a trim of the surrounding grass and maybe even a bit of weeding, but for now it must survive on it’s own. I was thinking about cutting out the dead wood above as it no longer serves a purpose and it must be depressing for the poor tree to see it’s former self every day, maybe you will see a trimmed down tree next month.


Alas work calls and I have another post that I want to publish whilst I’m here at the computer, it’s been waiting in drafts for over a week.

Quick question to all you tree following people out there, any idea what kind of tree this is?


We were given it as a gift to celebrate our baby daughters arrival, but nobody seems to know what kind of tree it is?

Author: Eddy Winko

Left the rat race to live a less hectic and harmful life. From the building of a straw bale house to the composting toilet diaries; read my blog

12 thoughts on “It’s tree time”

  1. At the Wetlands Park on the eastern outskirts of Las Vegas (city on one side; raw desert on the other), a huge tree, partially hollow, broke at the stump, and fell into Vern’s Pond. We thought that was the end of it. That was two years ago. Now, the tree has sprung back to life and (probably due to the unlimited water source available to its roots) has grown to a fairly large tree again. As for my little house, the only tree we have is a mature African sumac planted in March 2004. We do have a pair of double-trunk Mexican fan palm trees, but, technically, palms are not trees. They were planted at the same time as the palm. I always enjoy hearing about trees. the most majestic trees I’ve seen were sequoias in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. I hope your tree continues to grow. You could probably remove a leaf and compare it to leaves available for viewing online in order to identify it. By the way, I found you by way of beetleypete.

    1. The African sumac looks like a lovely tree, providing much needed shade I bet? I’m not too sure about palms though, unless of course they have fruit 🙂 I must do a few more tree posts in the spring, I intend to transplant and indeed plant quite a few when the ground thaws out. Now we are living in the house and the dogs are on patrol the deer damage has reduced, so I’m sure the tree will make it in the long run.
      Loving the limericks, I will delve deeper on my next visit. Pete always had good taste. All the best, Eddy

  2. I’m glad you slipped in before the box closes. I agree about how tree following like this makes one realise how fast time goes. If that were all we were posting about it would be different – but there are a host of other posts to fit in too! But your tree struggles on!

  3. Be careful when you’re trimming the weeds around your tree, Eddy…you might mistake it for a weed. 🙂

    When I was doing a last check before turning in this evening, I noticed a bunch of activity in some native trees. (Trees that grew up when I wasn’t looking) Bees were flying around the blossoms of the Cascara Buckthorn trees. When I saw your post, I couldn’t believe the coincidence. The leaves look the same. What’s more, I had commented on this post 10 months earlier asking the author if he ever saw any bees on it. I answered my own question.

    1. I may put one of the many old tyres I have around it, they offer great protection from flamboyant strimmer operators 🙂
      Very similar leaves, although no buds as such. Reading my field guide I see that this type of leaf is common to Beeches, Elms, Mulberries, Witch-hazels and Buckthorns 🙂

  4. You made it! Hope the tree does too…Not sure about the little blossom tree…could it possibly be some kind of cherry??? (from the time its flowering, leaf-shape, and the fact the blossom has dropped leaving possible fruit stalks???) But I’m terrible at plant id. And the flowers look a much darker pink and different shape to the cherries I know…

    1. Great observation, I must see what fruit develops, thank you. Although as you say it’s a very odd cheery and not like the cheery trees we already have.
      I’ll make sure I get it planted out asap to make sure it survives for future identification 🙂

    1. Good advice, thank you.
      Alas they had no clue, the only thing they told me is that it can grow quite big, as they had seen a mature tree, so to make sure I provided plenty of space.

  5. No idea about the new red blossom tree Eddy, but what would you expect from a transplanted Townie like me? That little tree looks like if it was an animal, it would be kindly put to sleep. I am rooting for it though, if you will forgive the (intentional) pun!
    Best wishes to you three over there. Pete.

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