An unapologetic plant geek shares advice and opinions on gardening, the contrived and the natural landscape, as well as occasional topics from the other side of the gate.

February 7, 2008

Star Date 3034

On a mission to Alpa Centauri B, a small planet is discovered with a promising temperature range, occasional water, but little oxygen.

Twelve E-years later the planet is seeded with genetically engineered tree algae developed by Monsanto Corporation; the Unified Nations leader in terra-forming.
After several decades phase I terra-forming is complete and oxygen levels rise.

Or it could be just be a Common Hackberry taken on a clear February day in 2008.

These were shot at a house that has lots of these around the property. It was smart of the landscape architect to leave them, they are well suited to the windy exposed site, that ocassionally feels some salt spray. Common Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) is a less graceful member of the Elm family. Incredibly hardy from zones 2 to 9, it can live in just about any part of the States and into southern Canada. Other than the bark, it is not the prettiest of trees but it makes up for it with a tough consitution.

At the same site was another tough native with striking bark; Common Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana).

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