Meet the Spanish Fir: Ashland Tree of the Year 2008

Just a few yards from the Monterey Cypress (Tree of the Year 2004) is a statuesque Spanish Fir (Tree of the Year 2008), shown here: The Spanish Fir is also known as Abies Pinsapo in its native country. The picture doesn’t convey just how tall this tree is. If you’re visiting Ashland, I recommend a …

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Meet the Monkey Puzzle Tree: Ashland Tree of the Year 1990

When I first heard of a tree called the Monkey Puzzle, I went straight to Wikipedia. Thanks to Wikipedia, I now know that this tree is native to western Argentina and central and southern Chile (and is the national tree of Chile). It’s a very old species of tree, referred to as a “living fossil.” And its scientific name …

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Meet the Monterey Cypress: Ashland Tree of the Year 2004

During a break in the rain today we snuck outside and captured a few photos of Ashland’s Tree of the Year from 2004, the Monterey Cypress: This tree has been around since the early 1900s and it appears close to outgrowing its yard. Here is a closer view of the trunk: You can see the …

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Meet the Pacific Madrone: Ashland Tree of the Year 2006

Arbor Day may be still a few weeks away but here in Oregon we like to get things started early. This week is officially Arbor Week — a uniquely Oregonian tradition. In the spirit of the week, I present Ashland’s Tree of the Year from 2006 — the Pacific Madrone: The tree lives at the …

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