Tree following, January 2021

Both Liz and myself are tree following again this year and look forward to doing regular monthly posts, between the 7th and 14th,  on the progress of our trees.  Our thanks to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for continuing to host it, and if you want to see what it’s all about, and perhaps join in, please have a look at this Tree following post.

Liz – This year I’ve chosen the Seven-son flower tree (Heptacodium miconioides) I have in my back garden here in Lexington, Kentucky.  A native of China, this small tree is now over twenty feet high and  provides all-season interest.  When I bought it back in 1996 the nurseryman told me that I’d be one of the very few people here to have one of these trees.


These two pictures were taken on Wednesday, 30th December and show the whole tree and the attractive bark which is peeling off last season’s branches revealing the lighter coloured wood underneath.

Mike – On my walks through the nearby Newton West Park I always stop and admire this wonderful looking fan-shaped Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) which I’m going to follow this year.

This picture was taken on Christmas Day, 25th December.  I know little about these trees, and found this Woodland Trust webpage really informative and interesting.

Take care, and have a good weekend!

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31 Responses to Tree following, January 2021

  1. Jo says:

    I know nothing about either of these trees so I shall enjoy reading your posts throughout the year.


  2. What is a “linky box” ? I would love to join in but don’t understand how.


  3. Liz says:

    Mike, we’re off to an early start. I love the shape of your chosen Hornbeam. It is a standout, even without leaves. Thanks for posting my Seven-son and thanks to Pat for hosting.


  4. Andy Randall says:

    Looking forward to following these two trees. The hornbeam is a lovely shape and will enjoy learning about a Seven-son. X

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  5. Interesting looking trees, looking forward to learning more about them and following their progress. Karen x


  6. Excellent choices! That Chinese tree seems very rare and unusual – I look forward to finding out more about it. And the hornbeam is a favourite of mine – although I didn’t even know it existed until a few years ago. Small ones seem to be quite popular as street trees now but yours is in a great location where it can spread beautifully.
    Thanks for taking part again 🙂


    • Liz says:

      Pat, Mike and I had discussed following my seven son tree about four years ago and I’m still not sure why I went with a different choice. This is a fascinating tree, though. Thanks for hosting the meme, Pat. Liz


    • Flighty says:

      Pat thanks. I agree about Liz’s tree. It’s good to know that about hornbeams.
      You’re most welcome. xx


  7. snowbird says:

    It will be wonderful following these interesting


  8. This looks like a nice thing to do. I think I may have to choose a tree to follow in my local park.


  9. Fantastic bark on that Seven-son flower tree – not a tree I’ve ever come across before, so I’ll look forward to reading more.

    That photo of the Hornbeam shows off it’s shape so well.



  10. julietwilson says:

    Two great trees! The hornbeam is a beautiful shape!


  11. nikkipolani says:

    Great choices, both of you!


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