Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sweet Gum

The sweet gums are about the only trees left still holding onto colorful leaves. The oaks are the last to lose their leaves, but they're not very colorful -- usually just brown.

Until today I hadn't noticed that there are no sweet gum balls this year. Evidently, the same late spring freeze that got our oaks and walnuts also killed the sweet gum blooms. I'm certainly not heartbroken at the absence of sweet gum ball, but the small, seed-eating birds will miss them.

When we were up in Springfield, MO, during October, I noticed that they had a good crop of acorns and black walnuts. They got the same late freeze that we did, but being farther north, their trees hadn't started blooming yet.