London Plane Tree - Buds Set - November 2020
We had a storm come through last week that dropped all the remaining leaves - and I mean ALL - in the yard. With the leaves off the limbs, I've started to investigate the structure of some of the trees and noticing that most of them have set buds before they head into dormancy. The first tree that I looked at was our new (this year) London Plane Tree. The brief history of the tree is that I bought this with some birthday money from Nat's Grampy in early Spring, planted in May and it was immediately stressed, it seemed to recover and full leaf out this Summer, only to return to a stressed-state during the late Summer heat.
Below is a look at one of the limbs of this tree that shows off what are quite pointy buds:
“varied as jewelry, in all sorts of exquisite shapes and bright colors.”
That's kind of interesting to read, isn't it? I guess I've never thought about buds being so varied before, but they sure are, aren't they? Makes me think I need to do a series of 'Winter Tree Buds" posts as we head into Winter. I've covered and shared photos of buds before (like this one of our Saucer Magnolia tree or these Frans Fontaine Columnar Hornbeam Buds from 2019), but organizing the trees we have by buds feels like a blog-worthy project.