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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Maples ROCK !

We're almost happily climbing  trees now just to see what the leaves really look like.  I have discovered there is no point in waiting until they fall on the ground and get covered up with snow. Time is of the essence this late in the season.

Our friend Julie Helm's Ultimate Blog Post on the Sugar Maple   was much like waving a huge pile of dry red maple leaves in front of leaf-blower --definitely  fun to be had, -- a  red banner  and a glorious October challenge.

Here at Incoming Bytes  I have observed that her ultimate maple blog  needs just one more leaf,  the "Rock Maple".

Maples rock!  This  species of maple tree can be 80 ft. high, and huge--with wood as hard as rock.  The information given on them is somewhat overlapping and conflicting--they are even referred to as  sugar maples.

Ultimately the lucky recipient  of such wonderful information  must decide the veracity of information for themselves. 
In contemplating the current state of maple tree art, and  incessant putzing and diddling around here, there, and everywhere,  I happened to stumble across more valuable  information that might even be relevant.
That was after charging up the old camera-battery --and taking this picture of a Rock Maple Leaf:
Rock Maple leaf ( just starting to turn red  --5" in width)

The ultimate maple blog huh Julie ?  aha!    Well, here 's a link for more information on maples !    http://www.righteouswoods.net/maple.html 
ON this website,  many species of maple are mentioned. They appear to be semi-organized under their common names -as if maples were not confusing enough in species, leaf colour,  tree size, leaf configuration,  formation, number of lobes, and other physical attributes.

It seems that other species may even be implicated in this challenge! Manitoba maples which are box elders, ....and ...and.....

How about that?  Now you, too can see the forest AND the trees--as long as they're all MAPLES.  Maybe maples are so interesting because  it's that time of year,  fall colours glow in the bright October sunshine,  or  because like winter, maples are a Canadian thing.

One thing I know for sure,   Julie at WoolyAcres and Glory, our on-board gardening zeitgeist, will soon conspire to figure it out.

On and upwards--like a growing maple!

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. 

1 comment:

  1. Oh, but I do love that rock maple. No, I have never heard of it before but that leaf is exactly as a Canadian maple leaf should look. If Tom had any more room in his arboretum, I'd ask for seeds. As it is, I've secretly expanded it by a row...shhhh! Don't tell Tommy!


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