Hazelnuts, other trees, and things that like trees

14 Sep

Jay and I walked through the arboretum last week.  There are very few black walnuts this year.  But there are lots of prickly Chinese chestnuts on the trees not yet ready to fall.

At another location, Jay showed me a hazelnut which was a prolific producer of small ( middle fingernail-sized) nuts.  The tree also has rough bark, unlike Corylus americana.  I think it probably is Corylus colurna, the Turkish hazel.  The article confirms that Turkish Hazel has rough bark, small nuts, and is often used in urban situations.  This one is located between two parking lots and a road.

The nuts are perfect for the flying squirrel, who is now 46 grams.  Sue reports he has made her science room the place to be in school, and that her students are excited, motivated, and doing more self-directed science than she has ever seen.  Many of them were unaware of the existence of Northern flying squirrels.

He rides in pockets and is woken up countless times during the day.   On my last visit, he ate a red raspberry and one of the small hazelnuts while riding in a vest pocket.

Two weekends ago we visited family and one of the jaunts we took was to visit our black walnut grove planted thanks to my father’s foresight.

Dad, Jay and I walked through one of his small woods which he wishes to harvest.  Outside there were two different wild apples.  Inside I found a wing and tail feather from wild turkey at opposite ends of the woods.

Guess which apple was better tasting?

Also saw quite a few  of these:

I do not yet know what plant this is.

and a few of these:

These are Beechdrops, Epifagus virginiana.  They are, so my Peterson Field guide tells me, a parasitic or saprophytic plant.  Indeed there was no green or leaves on the plants, which were growing at the base of large beech trees. And they are blooming in season.

One Response to “Hazelnuts, other trees, and things that like trees”


  1. What Grows Under Black Walnut Trees? « Minglewood Designs - 9 April 2012

    […] Abstractions Black Walnut trees are difficult to live with as the tree roots exude the toxin Juglone, which permeates the soil and prevents many plants from growing under the tree as far as 50-80 feet from the drip line. Here are a few of my favorite native plants that will grow under and around Black Walnuts: Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-Pulpit) […]

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