Today our weather was cool and windy, but with the full sunshine and blue skies, it was a good day to get out and go for a walk. I saw many signs of spring, and I am so ready for it! In addition to daffodils and tulips and dogwoods and everything else in bud and the Oregon grape flowers that got my attention, two trees here stand out even more this time of year.
My dad planted two of these trees here more than 30 years ago, and both of them are still growing and thriving. Both trees have grown to a height of about 65 to 70 feet. Due to their extremely unusual and bizarre appearance, we’ve had many people stop and ask about them over the years. Right now, they are filled with tiny brown cone-like pods. The trees will branch all the way down the ground, but these have been carefully pruned along the trunks so the larger branches start about 6′ up on the trunk — I can stand under them easily. The trees are tall and narrow in places, irregular, filled with sharp, very densely spaced, 1-2 inch long needle-like ‘leaves’.
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