|An American Chestnut Trees grows in one of our preserve's reforestation fields|
|The unusual flower spikes on the Chestnut branches|
|The green, prickly seed pods of the American Chestnut|
Though as far as I could determine, the American Chestnut was not a species that was ever common in the Mohawk Valley, though historically, it did occur in the regions all around us (except in areas to the north). I thought that the addition of this species to our forest could possibly help to make up for the anticipated loss (from another exotic blight) of our American Beech Trees.
Generally, this has not been a good year for most of the nut
producing trees at our nature preserve, and I suspect, throughout the greater
region. Few if any of our young oak trees appear to have acorns this season. Beech Trees,
which produced a reasonably good crop last year, also appear to be quite barren this year. On the other hand, the Hickory Trees have produced nuts,
though our common species, the Bitternut Hickory, produces bitter nuts that are
not typically favored by wildlife.
|A Hazelnut, encased in its leafy husk|
|A Black Cherry Tree - covered with blossoms|
|Black Cherry blossoms|
|Downy Skullcap grows on a trail side|