Friday, May 8, 2009

any dendrologists out there?

Or really, just someone who may know more about trees and plants than I do.  Which isn't saying much.  Because I would be the person stranded in the forest eating poison ivy because I didn't know what it was.  

Anyway...



This is a tree in the woods next to the house.  Honestly, I don't remember it flowering last year.  But this year it is bursting with these beautiful, almost-tulip looking flowers.  This is my new favorite tree, so I'd really like to know the name!  Anyone??

Update:  Okay, the two people I thought would know have both let me know that this is indeed a Tulip Tree!  Hence the tulip-looking flowers, right?  Yes, well that did cross my mind, of course, but it just seemed a bit too obvious.  And now I need to go to the library to check out a copy of "Tree Identification for Dummies.  The Total Dummies Edition."  

5 comments:

jkmiller said...

Why....it would be the TULIP Tree, the STATE tree of INDIANA...

See: http://www.netstate.com/states/symb/trees/in_tulip_tree.htm

Mmmm....

Carrie said...

Well, in my defense, in all the years I lived in Indiana...I know I've never seen an actual Tulip Tree! And Doug didn't even know one existed!!

jkmiller said...

Honestly, I did not know the answer until I Googled "tulip looking flower on tree" and then looked in "images". Google is my online brain...

Lord...I hope they never go out of business...

Carrie said...

Ha! I Googled to find out that a dendrologist studies trees! I should have just done what you did...

jkmiller said...

I guess we're square...I was stumped by the word "dendrologist".

Sounded like a Jackism to me...