Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Stunted and bent.

Two recipes for a Charlie Brown Christmas tree:

One:  Pinus contorta var. contorta, the shore pine, grown in a peat bog.  This two-needled pine is a small, colonizing tree, which in bogs grows relatively slowly, or very slowly, depending on soil nutrient content, which in bogs generally isn't very high, or very accessible.  It is one of the dominant plants of the bogs of the Fraser River Delta. (Our local Charlie Brown.)

Two: A contorted Pinus monticola, western white pine.  This is a five-needled pine that can grow to 60 metres, but this individual germinated in a montane meadow, where it spends a good part of the year buried beneath metres of snow. I'm guessing this explains its grape-vine morphology.

2 comments:

Nickie said...

Trees are indeed fascinating in how they manage to find places to grow even in not so tree friendly places.

biobabbler said...

aw... that's sweet. =)

Makes me think of the bristlecone pines--the ones at the highest elevations, where they can barely survive, are the ones that live the longest. By far.

That which does not kill us. =) Always loved the CB tree.