Tag Archives: trees

Rooted in the north; how trees survive the winter

Our native trees are perfectly adapted to our northern winters; they slow down their growth and reserve their energies for the coming spring.


The tree name game – Blue Beech

Common names for plants can be an easy way to identify them; mention trillium, and a familiar image quickly comes to mind. But sometimes the common name, or names, we give flora can create all kinds of confusion.


The history of a well-known spruce…Fred’s Tree

For many in Orillia, the blue spruce tree that stands tall at the corner of Mississauga and West is known as the Opera House Christmas tree. It is lit every year during the Candlelight Parade, taking place next Friday. But for my family, and many that knew my grandfather, it will always be known as Fred’s Tree.


Endangered Butternut trees are worth protecting

Majestic and important, butternut trees have been experiencing a significant decline in recent years so much so that they are now listed as an endangered species.


Butternuts: Majesty In Jeapordy

As their name suggests, butternut trees produce a delicious and nutritious nut with high oil content. The nuts are an important source of food for birds and small mammals.

But butternut trees are in serious trouble; in fact the species is listed as endangered in Ontario by the Ministry of Natural resources. A species is classified as endangered if it lives in the wild in Ontario but is facing imminent extinction or extirpation

The reason for this decline is a fungal disease called butternut canker, which affects trees of all ages, all sizes, and on all sites. Sadly, there is no know cure for the canker, and no butternut trees have yet shown proven resistance to the disease. However, researchers in the USA have found trees that are vigorously surviving. Based on this experience, a group called the Ontario Butternut Recovery Team is working to locate trees in the province that may be resistant to the canker. These trees may be included in a long term resistance screening and breeding program.