Tree following, February 2018

Liz…Firstly my thanks to Mike for graciously continuing to host my tree following posts .

My chosen tree is a black walnut (Juglans nigra), which is a native to the eastern United States.  Most Thursdays I, along with my dogs Charlie and Dulcie, walk the trail near our area Post Office.  Over the past few years many of these trails have been established here in Lexington, Kentucky and the plan is for them to be linked throughout the county.  In this picture you can see Dulcie at one end of the dual leash whilst Charlie is out of the sight trying to head the other way.  Such is life!


I chose this black walnut  partly because it hosts mistletoe (Phoradendom leucarpum), which is different to the British variety (Viscum album). Also of note is the way that it’s harvested. In the UK it’s gathered, a rather refined sounding method, whereas in the southern United States a shotgun is used!


Black walnuts are late to leaf out and early to drop their leaves, but there is plenty of time to delve into this tree and find out some interesting facts.   I have a lot to learn!

Mike… Yesterday I looked at the medlars that I’m following but there is no discernable difference to last month.

Our thanks to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting Tree following.  If anyone wants to find out more, and perhaps even follow a tree, please click on the link over on the right-hand side of this page.

Have a good weekend!


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29 Responses to Tree following, February 2018

  1. Jo says:

    I think the Black Walnut is a wonderful tree to follow, especially as it’s hosting the mistletoe, you’ll be able to follow that too. I look forward to learning with you. I’m not surprised that there’s no difference in the medlars yet, it’s still so cold but another month or two and it’ll be bursting into life.

  2. Lucy Corrander says:

    This is all very dramatic – black walnuts and shot-guns!

    • Liz says:

      Lucy, I read an account of two teenagers who decided to stand directly beneath the mistletoe lodged in a black walnut, shoot at it, and see what happened. I kid you not! Fortunately, some sense of self-preservation prevailed and they escaped before the pellets rained back down. Liz

  3. snowbird says:

    I’m with Lucy. all VERY dramatic….struth, who knew?xxx

  4. The shotgun detail made me laugh. Not often a shotgun can do that…

  5. Erika says:

    That shotgun thing reminded me of something from a scientific paper:

  6. Flighty says:

    Liz thanks for the thanks, I’m more happy for you to post here as you do.
    It certainly looks like you’ve chosen a really interesting tree to follow, all the more so with the mistletoe as well. I enjoyed reading the links, especially the one about the rather dramatic way the mistletoe is harvested there. xx

  7. Now I’ve heard everything: shotgun to collect mistletoe. Really. The poor tree must be terrified

  8. Nice one! And I never knew there were so many species of mistletoe!
    I look forward to following both your trees as the seasons change.
    All the best 🙂

  9. Hollis says:

    I too live in “the land of the Second Amendment” (Wyoming), sometimes feels like the heartland. But no native walnuts so I look forward to learning. Thanks, Mike, for hosting 2 followed trees.

  10. Liz says:

    Hollis, Wyoming is so different from Kentucky. In so many respects: climate, landscape, and customs, and that wonderful “big sky country”.
    It is very kind of Mike to post my tree. Thanks, Liz

  11. That is fascinating. You never get mistletoe on European walnut, not even lichen or Moss and I have looked!

    • Liz says:

      Cathy, that’s correct. When I was reading up on mistletoe, the resources said it wasn’t found on walnuts in England. I didn’t know about the lichen or Moss, though. We learn something every day! Liz

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