August challenge: American Elm

There are still a few days left in the month, but I think this will be the last tree for me in the August challenge.  I’ve been reminded that it’s time to come up with a new theme, and I’m a pretty poor multitasker.  One thing at a time, that’s my motto.

Today’s tree, a splendid American Elm, is the crowning centerpiece of Overlook Park.  I love this tree, in any season.  It’s impressive in full leaf like it is here, but it is just as beautiful in midwinter when it’s only a skeleton.

There’s more to Overlook Park than just this Elm though.  Nearly as impressive is its pair of distantly embracing black walnuts.  To see them though, you’ll have to check out my daring quest to explore Going Street end to end.

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2 response to "August challenge: American Elm"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 28, 2019

    Beautiful tree! Classic umbrella shape.
    Back in the 50’s Dutch Elm disease devastated the American Elms here, and the result was the replanting of Siberian Elms (mistakenly called Chinese Elms) since they were inexpensive and grew quickly.

  2. By: Scooter Posted: August 28, 2019

    Elm blight is an issue here too, of course. In fact, the first known case here was to a different elm here in Overlook Park that of course is gone now, Portland has over 3,000 American elms, and a couple of the old historic neighborhoods are dense with them. They’re closely monitored for signs of blight and aggressively protected.

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