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Next Year’s Buds Already Formed

11-7-18 A. beech bud _U1A1228Because tree buds tend to swell and increase greatly in size in the spring, this is often the season when we first notice them and assume that this is when they are produced.  However, if you look in the axils of leaves on any deciduous tree right now, you will see full-size buds that were formed this summer.   These little packages of miniature leaves, branches and sometimes flowers, will remain on trees all winter, tightly closed and often protected from the elements by modified leaves called bud scales.  Come spring, when trees are once again taking up quantities of water, their buds will swell, scales will fall off (leaving bud scale scars), and tiny, pristine leaves or flowers will appear.  (Photo is of American beech, Fagus grandifolia, bud.)

Just a quick reminder that the NC Calendar ordering deadline is November 10th.

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4 responses

  1. Alice Pratt

    ….I love that phrase “these little packages”….so full of expectation! Being patient for spring surprises…..

    November 7, 2018 at 7:51 am

  2. I love this photo and your descriptive explanation, and the reminder about the promise… Thanks!

    November 7, 2018 at 8:21 am

  3. Marie Winn

    How do i donate? Thanks!

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    November 7, 2018 at 11:01 am

    • Thank you for considering donating. You can click on the yellow “donate” button at the top of this page, or if you’d prefer, you can send me a check directly (134 Densmore Hill Road, Windsor, VT 05089). Thank you again so much.

      November 7, 2018 at 5:04 pm

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