John in CR wrote:
nechaus wrote:it does look nice..
But i was hoping for super sized mutant trees that are taking over the planet
Yeah, something like a giant redwood combined with a live oak or one of the monstrous rain forest trees here.
A deciduous redwood you ask? I had 50 on my tree farm: Metasequoia glyptostroboides Fiery fall colors!
Also called the "Dawn Redwood". It is a strange cross between the Sequoia sempervirens
(Coast Redwood) and Sequoiadendron giganteum
(Giant Sequoia) - expressing qualities of both: The "leaves" resemble the S. sempervirens and yet the cones resemble S. giganteum. It drops in winter like a normal tree. They grow very fast, 3 feet/1 m a year in the rainy PNW. I thought they were a lovely-looking tree.
Aside from this and the other two redwoods that I cultivated, there was a 4th named Cryptomeria japonica
- also called Japanese Redwood, Japanese Cedar, or Purple Cedar. Now that was a very strange tree: The wood has an intense scent to it like Incense Cedar, and in the deep of winter when we have temps down into the low 20s, the trees will change color from oversaturated-bright-green (in the spring) to deep royal purple, with the highest contrast at the top! My local nursery had 6 of them brought in, weighing 100 lbs. each, and I bought them all up cos my future-X loved the color Purple. Truly a spectacular and stunning evergreen (sic) tree to appreciate year-around, and possibly my favorite of the entire estate. Example of color change from spring to winter. This picture doesn't do it proper justice.
OP: What I liked about the article, aside from the visuals, are that the people are building an infrastructure to support climbing plants and greenery to the sterile urban landscape. It's both a creative & expressive solution, and should be encouraged.
Life should be nurtured and relished, and it begins with planting a seed, KF