Dawn Redwood: The Re-emergence of a Living Fossil

The deciduous redwood tree, Metasequoia, was thought to be extinct when a fossil of it was first “discovered” in China by Shigeru Miki in 1941 or so. And now I have one growing almost in my backyard in California. Part of the reason it was thought to be extinct may have been that it, like […]

Aesthetics … for Better or Worse?

Aesthetics is the study of beauty, form and the correct placement of objects. To the uninformed person, the practice of pruning trees relies on an idea of beauty that has very little relevance to a tree’s health and longevity. By the way, “idea” is a word that comes from the root word “ideal.” Trees are […]

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