Plants

Ponderosa Pine

Scientific name: Pinus ponderosa French name: Pin ponderosa Secwepemc name: s7etqwllppronounced sss et-kw-eech-p Other names: Yellow pine Folklore:How Beaver Stole Fire from the Pine Tree Fun fact: “On a hot day, the bark of the ponderosa pine smells like vanilla and when you break a young twig it smells somewhat like oranges.” BC Gov               The bones of these iconic trees are scattered across our dry desert landscapes. The story of their death is traced…

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Plants

Birch

There are several species of birch in our region with all being part of the Betulacae family which also includes alders, hazels, and hornbeams. The largest and most easily recognized are the paper birch which can reach heights of 30-40m tall. They routinely hybridize with other species of birch, most commonly with water birch which are much smaller and more shrub like. Others are scrub birch aka bog birch and swamp birch aka dwarf birch…

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Plants

Black Cottonwood

This tree figures largely in our local landscape it is widespread and extremely common; you already know this plant even if you don’t know its name because of its impact in our everyday lives. If you’ve walked along a riverside trail in the springtime you’ve likely gone home with sticky little shells all over the bottoms of your shoes; they are cottonwood buds. Or later in the spring you’ve probably seen little white tufts of…

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