Friday, February 11, 2011

What's That Great Tree on the Corner?

It never ceases to amaze me how much plant life there is to see on any given walk outside in the city since I've taken up gardening. What's that great tree on the corner of Eastern Parkway and Classon, I wonder. In passing by quickly it looks like a yew with somewhat pendulous branching. Maybe Taxus baccata 'Dovastoniana'? The trees of Brooklyn's streets and courtyards don't come with the handy labels of Botanic gardens, but the tree above brought to mind the collection of Yews north of the Shakespeare garden at BBG, which look so beautiful this winter, like they are their own small forest. This is the time to really look at and appreciate all things evergreen.

Passing by the Yew forest, near 900 Washington Ave entrance, Brooklyn Botanic

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