Tree following – September 2014

This month I’m looking at the willow from under it’s capacious canopy.

Willow Sep - 1The trunk is at least six feet in diameter at ground level and the surprisingly rough bark is variously coloured including shades of green, grey and a light brownish-pink. There are some noticeably large, and deep, fissures in it.

Willow Sep - 4Some branches continue almost vertically upwards whilst others have grown horizontally.

Given how large these are, and the tree is overall, I’d like to know how old this willow is.


Standing by the trunk I notice the bare ground, the shaded light and how quiet it is except for a rustling somewhere above me which maybe birds or squirrels.

Willow Sep - 7

Looking at the tree from a distance when it’s in leaf gives no indication of this secret world, and likewise standing here it’s impossible to gauge just what it looks like once outside.

For September posts by other tree followers have a look at Lucy’s post.

Happy tree following, and have a good weekend!

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22 Responses to Tree following – September 2014

  1. Chloris says:

    It is a lovely tree but perhaps not as old as it looks. Willow trees are very fast growing.
    What lovely bark.

  2. Jo says:

    It’s interesting seeing the tree from a totally different perspective. I wonder how old it is, I’d love to know.

  3. menhir1 says:

    Is this the willow you have posted about in the past? I am not sure how you would gauge its age without a bit of trunk, which of course, is not what you aim for. A dendrochronologist, an experienced woodsman, a ‘tree surgeon’ or, a horticultural specialist may have some idea of age from the size of the tree and its trunk. These ideas could point you in the direction of Kew or, possibly,Wisley.

    There is a Willow in a garden down the road from where I live. It is probably about twelve years old. Whether it is meant to be a dwarf version I cannot say, however, it does not have great height, its branches are very twisted, though not yet gnarled, its trunk, not thick, is now being supported by a kind of scaffolding of wood planking, which, possibly in time, will be merged into the tree in some shape or form. While in leaf the supports do not show so much. I should mention it has, from time to time had the top trimmed, but not so much as to change its arboreal composition.


  4. CJ says:

    Willows are wonderful secret places aren’t they. I loved them when I was little for the den-like quality they have, and the boys are the same. Lovely to see your tree flourishing in late summer. CJ xx

  5. nikkipolani says:

    I wonder if you have a shot of the willow from your early days of plotting that might show how much it’s grown since then. Looks so lovely and cool under its shady reaches.

  6. I love your view up at the canopy from underneath, and that bark is beautiful. I hadn’t realised what a mature specimen it is, thank you for the secret view.

  7. Julie says:

    Beautiful tree.. nature is awesome :o) xx

  8. snowbird says:

    You just can’t beat standing beneath a willow, magical it is! Your tree is a

  9. Kif says:

    hello willow again! this is a great perspective!

    love what you are doing with your tree year.

  10. wellywoman says:

    It’s such a lovely tree and what a fabulous trunk. Love the perspective from under the canopy. xx

  11. I was really drawn in by this post. I hadn’t realised until now how thick the trunk is. And when you talked about the colours . . . and going to stand under the leaves . . . I began to feel I was standing there too, looking up into a mysterious world of invisible rustlings.

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