Ever since I successfully identified a black walnut tree in the wild all by myself (which isn’t hard, it turns out, but this suburban girl demands kudos anyway), I’ve been studying up on nut trees in a crazed fashion. Just ask Husband about my reading material during our Cape vacation: all nut-, berry-, and mushroom-related. He fears for his life.
Anyway, I’ve been wondering about all these trees we have in our backyard and whether or not they’re anything good. I mean, they’re trees so they’re automatically good regardless of whether or not they provide me with delicious nuts. Calm down, Trees. But what I mean to say is: in addition to oxygenating the air, furnishing a pleasant canopy of shade, and blocking out unattractive urban eyesores, wouldn’t they be even better if they provided me with delicious nuts?That’s where you come in. Yes, you. You get to help me identify my trees! Won’t that be fun? No? Well, tough crap because I have all these tree pictures and nothing else prepared for today, so dig out your thinking caps and help me figure out what the hell these goddamned trees are. There are only two for today.
Alternate, pinnately compound, toothed leaflets, I believe. The leaves still on the tree are green, by the way, not yellow. Other potential clues: not a lot of vegetation growing around the trunk unlike the other nearby trees. Also, high up on the trunk is this ominous-looking thing:
Any guesses as to what type of tree this could be?
This tree is still young and small, but, I think, promising. Look at the leaf distribution. Also alternate, toothed, and pinnately compound. Leaflets are arranged in groups of five like fingers on a hand, except the larger trio of top leaves are joined together in the same spot and the two smaller leaves are joined lower on the stem in a separate spot, as if the leaf version of a thumb and pinky finger were growing out of its wrist. (I would have made an awesome scientist, I just know it!) Here’s the tiny trunk:
So, nature-loving people, what’s the verdict? Will Husband be up to his nuts in nuts this fall? If Specimen 1 is what I think it is, the good news will probably be flanked by bad news. Perhaps the only thing I should count on come October is the usual ton of raking.