Tree following, August 2018

Liz – These pictures of the black walnut were taken three weeks ago, a couple of days before a storm came through Lexington, Kentucky. With winds reaching 70 mph it knocked down trees and there was no electricity for a day.

As you can see this tree has a lovely canopy, and a closer look reveals that one of the limbs has been badly scarred as shown in the two photos below.


My thanks to Mike for letting me post here.


Mike –  As I mentioned last month the medlars are full of fruit and I took a closer look at them a few days ago.  Each one is about the size of a golf ball and still very hard.


With an open bottom these fruits are very distinctive.  I will now be checking them periodically over the coming weeks to see if they show any sign of ripening.

Our thanks to Pat, The Squirrelbasket,  for hosting Tree following.  If you want to see what it’s all about, and maybe even follow a tree, then please click on the link shown on the right-hand side.

Have a good weekend!


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26 Responses to Tree following, August 2018

  1. Both trees have reached an interesting moment. The Black Walnut canopy is impressive and the medlars . . . a bit euchy looking but very interesting. Sort of mesmerizing. (Can’t remember when you began following this tree if you said whether or not you like the fruit.)

  2. Jo says:

    The Black Walnut has some attractive greenery and an interesting bark, I wonder how old it is, it looks as though it’s been around for a while. Will you do anything with the medlars? It’s such an interesting fruit but I’m not sure I’d really want to try it.

  3. Caro says:

    Gosh, that Black Walnut is an impressive tree! I don’t grow Medlars but there are a couple in the public orchard on Hampstead Heath. I’ve never tasted a medlar so will be interested to see how you get on – are they on your plot or on the site of the allotments? xx
    (P.S. hope you’re getting some of this rain today – we’re awash over here in NW London!)

    • Liz says:

      Caro, the black walnuts are impressive, although, like other walnuts when in a garden setting there are plants that will not grow near them. I just googled to find that black walnuts produce juglone which affects the growth of some nearby plants. A term called “alleopathy”. Thanks, Liz

    • Flighty says:

      Caro I agree about the black walnut. I’ve never tasted a medlar either, and not really sure that I want to.
      Yes there was rain here, most welcome. xx

  4. Jade says:

    A storm of that magnitude is indeed destructive. Trees or plants are usually the most affected ones. And that often causes other problems too. Let’s hope that that would not happen again. By the way, what do you think that caused the black walnut’s to scar like that?
    The medlars are so productive! Its fruits don’t look delicious. I wonder if they taste like they seem or otherwise…
    Thanks and same to you both!

    • Liz says:

      Jade, that storm caused 65,000 residents of Lexington, Kentucky to lose power for several days. There was tree damage all over. I don’t know what caused the limb scarring. Any ideas? Thanks, Liz

    • Flighty says:

      Jade I’m thankful that we don’t get storms like that here in London.
      There’s certainly a lot of fruit on the medlar trees. I agree, they don’t. They are what is termed ‘an acquired taste’ which generally means most don’t like them. xx

  5. snowbird says:

    Good to know the black walnut survived that storm! What wonderful bark, you can see where it gets it’s name from now. Oh, those medlars, what alien looking fruit!xxx

  6. What strange fruit medlars are! X

  7. Lovely images from both of you!
    The delicate leaves of the walnut form a beautiful pattern and that damaged trunk is very characterful and sinewy.
    The medlars are fascinating but I always think it looks as if the skin is missing and you are looking inside to raw flesh…
    Keep up the good work 🙂

  8. Liz says:

    Mike, your medlars are growing ever stranger. They are really rather fascinating, ‘tho I’m not sure I’d want to taste one!

  9. Black Walnuts are wonderfully sturdy trees, as evidenced by the scars of past damage.
    Medlars are an interesting fruit, strange-looking but interesting!

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