Monday, April 29, 2013

The Collections of A Year With the Trees

Cercis canadensis,  Red Bud, Fruit
I have decided to start a new project this spring.  A tree project I have been inspired to accomplish.  It will take a while, perhaps years.

This project is a collection of photos and drawings of all 93 Southern Appalachian trees in this blog.  The collection is composed of six parts.

One part of the collection, I call leaves, spring and summer.
One part of the collection, I call leaves, fall.
One part of the collection, I call buds and twigs.
One part of the collection, I call bark.
One part of the collection, I call flowers.
One part of the collection, I call fruit.

Every tree, all 93, will be present in all six collections.  I see each collection as a collage, printed as well as on the internet. I imagine these collections will inspire people to take more notice of nature, to learn something new everyday, and to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us all.  Inspiration, learning, and appreciation of nature, three traits that can always make life a bit sweeter.

How many images is this?  93 times 6.  Which equals 558 images.   There are to be 558 posts for this project.  Each post, filled with images sent to me or created by me.   For instance, there will be a post for the first tree called:  Acer negundo, Box Elder, Spring and Summer leaf collection.  This post will be composed of every image that has to do with only one tree, the Acer negundo and only spring and summer leaves.

Then, when all collections are completed; I will choose which images are to be represented in the six different collages.  If you are feeling creative, and would like to help me with this project; please send me a message and some images.  I will love hearing from you.

You can contact me at:  Or, you can send me a message here at A Year With the Trees.  Thank you for reading this and I hope to hear from you soon!


A Year With the Trees
A Collection of Southern Appalachian Trees

Aceracae, The Maple family
1.   Acer negundo.  Box Elder
2.   Acer pensylvanicum.  Striped Maple
3.   Acer rubrum.  Red Maple
4.   Acer saccharinum.  Silver Maple\
5.   Acer saccharum.  Sugar Maple
6.   Acer spicatum.  Mountain Maple

Annonaceae, The Custard Apple Family
7.   Asimina triloba.  PawPaw

Aquifoliaceae, The Holly Family
8.   Ilex montana.  Mountain Winterberry
9.   Ilex opaca.  American Holly
10. Ilex verticillata.  Common Winterberry

Araliaceae, The Ginseng Family
11.  Aralia spinosa.  Devils Walking Stick

Betulaceae, The Birch Family
12.  Alnus serrulata.  Tag Alder
13.  Betula alleghaniensis.  Yellow Birch
14.  Betula lenta.  Black Birch
15.  Betula nigra.  River Birch
16.  Betual papyrifera - Paper Birch
17.  Carpinus caroliniana - American Hornbeam
18.  Ostraya virginiana - Eastern Hornbeam

Caprifoliaceae - The Honeysuckle Family
19.  Viburnum prunifolium.  Black Haw

Cornaceae - The Dogwood Family
20.  Cornus alternifolia - Alternate Leaved Dogwood
21.  Cornus florida - Flowering Dogwood
22.  Nyssa sylvatica - Black Gum

Cupressaceae - The Cypress Family
23.  Juniperus virginiana - Eastern Red Cedar

Ebenaceae - The Ebony Family
24.  Diospyros virginiana - Persimmon

Ericaceae - The Heath Family
25.  Kalmia latifolia - Mountain Laurel
26.  Oxydendron arboretum - Sourwood
27.  Rhododendron catawbiense - Catawba Rhododendron
28.  Rhododendron maximum - Rosebay Rhododendron

Fabraceae - The Bean Family
29.  Cercis canadensis - Redbud
30.  Cladrastis kentuckea - Yellowwood
31.  Gleditsia triacanthos - Honeylocust
32.  Gymnocladus dioicus - Kentucky Coffeetree
33.  Robina pseudoacacia - Black Locust

Fagaceae - The Beech Family
34.  Castanea dentate - American Chestnut
35.  Castanea pumila - Allegheny Chickapin
36.  Fagus grandifolia - American Beech
37.  Quercus alba - White Oak
38.  Quercus coccinea - Scarlet Oak
39.  Quercus falcata - Southern Red Oak
40.  Quercus stellata - Post Oak
41.  Quercus marilandica - Blackjack Oak
42.  Quercus montana (prinus) Chestnut Oak
43.  Quercus phellos - Willow Oak
44.  Quercus rubra - Northern Red Oak
45.  Quercus velutina - Black Oak

Hamamelidaceae - The Witch Hazel Family
46.  Hamamelis virginiana - Witch Hazel
47.  Liquidambar styraciflua - Sweetgum

Hippocastanaceae - Buckeye Family
48.  Aesculus flava - Yellow Buckeye
49.  Aesculus parvaflora – Bottlebrush Buckeye
50.  Aesculus pavia – Red Buckeye

Juglandaceae – Walnut Family 
51.  Carya cordiformis – Bitternut Hickory
52.  Carya glabra – Pignut Hickory
53.  Carya ovata – Shagbark Hickory
54.  Carya tomentosa (alba) – Mockernut Hickory
55.  Juglans cinerea – Butternut
56.  Juglans nigra – Black Walnut

Lauraceae – Laurel Family
57.  Sassafras albidum – Sassafras

Magnoliaceae – Magnolia Family
58.  Lirodendron tulipifera – Yellow Poplar
59.  Magnolia acuminate – Cucumber Tree
60.  Magnolia fraseri - Fraser Magnolia
61.  Magnolia macrophylla - Bigleaf Magnolia
62.  Magnolia tripetala - Umbrella Magnolia

Moraceae – Mulberry Family
 63.  Morus rubra - Red Mulberry

Oleaceae – Olive Family
64.  Chionanthus virginicus - Fringe Tree
65.  Fraxinius americana - White Ash
66.  Fraxinus pennsylvanica - Green Ash

Pinaceae – Pine Family
67.  Albies fraseri - Fraser Fir
68.  Picea rubens - Red Spruce
69.  Picus echinata - Shortleaf Pine
70.  Pinus punchens - Table Mountain Pine
71.  Pinus rigida - Pitch Pine
72.  Pinus strobus - Eastern White Pine
73.  Pinus taeda - Loblolly Pine
74.  Pinus virginiana - Virginia Pine
75.  Tsuga canadensis - Eastern Hemlock
76.  Tsuga caroliniana - Carolina Hemlock

Platanaceae – Sycamore Family
77.  Plantanus occidentalis - Sycamore

Rosaceae – Rose Family
78.  Ameranchier arborea - Serviceberry
79.  Crataegus, sp. - Hawthorn
80.  Malus coronara - Sweet Crabapple
81.  Prunus americana - American Plum
82.  Prunus pensylvanica - Pin Cherry
83.  Prunus serotina - Black Cherry
84.  Sorbus americana - American Mountain Ash

Rutaceae – Rue Family
85.  Ptelea trifolia - Hoptree

Salicaceae – Willow Family
86.  Salix nigra - Black Willow

Styracaceae – Storax Family
87.  Halesia carolina - Carolina Silverbell
88.  Styrax grandifolia - Bigleaf Storax

Tiliaceae – Basswood Family
89.  Tilia americana – Basswood

Ulmaceae – Elm Family
90.  Celtis occidentalis – Hackberry
91.  Ulmus alata – Winged Elm
92.  Ulmus americana – American Elm
93.  Ulmus rubra – Slippery Elm

Thank you everyone for reading this and contributing if you feel inspired to do so!!!!


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