In honor of Father's Day, here's a unique tree that goes by the name Old Man Palm (Coccothrinax crinita). Covered in long fibers (crinita means hairy in Latin) that resemble a tremendous beard, the rare species is a favorite among palm collectors and a Cuban native. Along with rum and The Old Man and the Sea, it's a fantastic island export.
The American chestnut tree has dominated Eastern forests for centuries, but it almost disappeared when a foreign blight was introduced in 1904. Scientists have been trying to breed blight-resistant trees and recently planted several at the New York Botanical Garden, just steps from the blight's origins over one hundred years ago.
Written by French botanists who explored North American forests in the late 1700s, The North American Sylva is a monumental work with masterful illustrations and extensive botanic profiles. The book would help France reforest its post-war countryside, and become a landmark in North American forestry. Today, it remains readable and interesting—certainly a work of evergreen value.
A tour of the Paris parks as told in Winter in Paris, where the hand-trimmed trees and clipped hedges that populate the winter parks give the blooms of the summer competition with their quiet beauty and sculptural bare-lines of winter. If a trip to Paris isn’t in your near future, this photo tour is certainly the next best thing.
Monterey's famous Lone Cypress is one of the most photographed trees in the United States, and has become emblematic of the California Coast. Its image is also copyrighted, which brings up interesting questions about the legal images of nature.
It is believed that Hippocrates taught under the canopy of a plane tree on a Greek island. Today, a descendent of that tree is hollowed and hallowed and its cuttings and seeds have been grown throughout the world.
As a design element in the garden, bark is the last frontier, interesting in the winter certainly, but also a bonus of texture and pattern all year that enhances foliage and flowers. Take a close-up look at the intricate bark of eight trees, and read four tips on how to design with bark.