As I’ve walked and biked around Ashland, I’ve come across trees and bushes that seem new to me, either because they are rare in northwest Washington (and the Midwest), or because I just didn’t notice them before in the same way. I haven’t spent a lot of time looking up what these plants are called, except for one.

Along the Bear Creek Greenway, I see a lot of a these:

Mystery tree 1What I’m talking about is the lighter-colored tree that is in the foreground. I’ve seen both tree-size and small bush-size versions.

Whenever I ride by these, I get a strong smell of what might be juniper. Yet, I haven’t been able to match this tree/bush with any of the descriptions of junipers online. I suppose it’s possible that this light-colored plant just happens to grow near the plant that actually emits the smell.

Anyway, the nice smell and its reminding me of juniper make me want to know what the heck this tree is!

Here is a closeup. The leaves are very narrow, but seem too wide for needles.

Mystery Tree 1 closeup

And then there’s this tree with bunches of pods hanging from the branches.

Weird tree pods

I’ve already asked about this bush that has puffy pom-pom things growing on it.
Odd puffy plant

I’ve also noticed a lot of these gnarled, multi-trunk trees.
Big tree trunk

This large tree is in front of our house.

Big tree in Ashland

Finally, here’s a tree I don’t need help with, but I think it’s kinda neat that these just grow willy-nilly along the bike trail.

Pear tree

Flora Interlude: What trees are these?
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2 thoughts on “Flora Interlude: What trees are these?

  • 09-13-2011 at 2:39 am

    Not entirely sure, but the top and second tree may be a variety of eucalyptus.

    • 09-13-2011 at 5:47 am

      Ah, thanks!

      Eucalyptus was one of my guesses. I didn’t find a picture online that matched those trees, but I’ll have to look more closely next time I’m out on the trail maybe get a better picture to work with.


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