|Some trees just make you go "Wow!" All pictures can be clicked on to embiggen.
White Oak (Quercus alba)
|227 State Street, the house is bracketed by a couple of White Oak trees.
|Plains Highway, just east of the high school. Want to leave a legacy? Plant a White Oak. These are probably about 150 years old. Quercus alba does not like sites that flood. Q. macrocarpa and Q. bicolor are better choices for those sites.
One easy rule of thumb is to NOT plant an oak tree if there is another oak tree within 100 paces of where you want to plant. Landscape architects dislike this approach because it does not meet their aesthetic standards. They snidely comment that this approach produces a random "bowl full of jelly beans" look. That is, as if the planting was not designed by somebody who was trained in aesthetics.
Frankly, I am fond of good jelly beans.
American Sycamore (Plantus occidentalis)
|Sycamore is a "Hey, look at me!" tree due to its interesting bark. These trees are next to the spillway at the mouth of Springbrook creek.
|Miller Dairy on East State street. The drive is lined with sycamore. They are very tall, lithe and slender. They remind me of a family of tennis players.
Twin exclamation points
|This is what you will see if you enter Eaton Rapids from the North.
Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)
|On the floodplains behind the old, Horner Woolen Mill.
|107 King Street. This tree looks splendid next to this style of house.
American Elm (Ulmus americana)
|517 McArthur River Drive.
Shingle Oak (Quercus imbricaria)
|221 McArthur River Drive. Oak trees that retain their leaves can provide "white noise" all winter long. The downside is that retained leaves makes them more vulnerable to ice damage.
|Three nice specimens in somebody's back yard on Marilin Drive across from Family Fare.
Shingle Oak appears to be one of those species that does well growing in very moist spots and very, very dry spots. It is a shy producer of acorns which is important to some people.
Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)
Most Cottonwood trees are volunteers. They were allowed to live because they were in the right place to solve a problem and they had good enough form to be attractive. I think there is nothing wrong with 1%-to-5% of the trees in Eaton Rapids be Cottonwood.
Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)
I am not an accomplished enough of a photographer to capture the three dimensionality of this old Catalpa tree trunk. Therefore, I shot some video of a walk around.
This tree makes me think of book covers for novels by Ursula Le Guin and Anne McCaffery. Frothy surf crashing into sheer cliffs. Caves with hooded entrances. Castles. Dragons. Treasure.
Not bad for one tree.
This tree lives at 416 Broad Street.