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- MemberNovember 1, 2022 at 7:19 pm
Good old Bald Cypress. The knees are for getting air to the trees when the roots are submerged. I believe it is the only coniferous tree to shed its leaves (needles).
- MemberNovember 1, 2022 at 7:34 pm
When my sister married in 1968 she and her new husband took their honeymoon traveling somewhere across the South. Upon return they presented my parents with a shiny Cypress knee that they had purchased somewhere. My mother hosted many meetings and events in her home so this would make an interesting conversation piece. It worked. All sorts of people asked “What’s that chunk of wood doing standing over there?”
Not native anywhere near here, that’s for sure.
- MemberNovember 1, 2022 at 9:09 pm
Cypress wood is expensive. It doesn’t rot and is insect repellent. Just a few years ago there were people who were retrieving cypress logs that were cut in the late 19th and early 20th century and have been submerged in the rivers where they sunk while being floated to ports on the Gulf of Mexico.
- MemberNovember 1, 2022 at 11:02 pm
Those knees and root balls are also good for putting a knot on your head when noodling for catfish and you are not paying attention. Don??t ask how I know. One of those things we did down south.
- MemberNovember 1, 2022 at 11:16 pm
For the young guns, what is the bottom portion of the trunk called? and what does it indicate? ????
- MemberNovember 2, 2022 at 7:19 pm
people who were retrieving cypress logs
Wasn’t this a reality TV show?
Norm Abrams’ New Yankee Workshop did a number of projects using wood from that source. I’ve also read of logs being recovered from New Zealand swamps of trees that have been extinct for 50,000 years.
- MemberNovember 2, 2022 at 9:39 pm
- MemberNovember 3, 2022 at 3:55 am
Oooh weee nun mo Bettah!
- MemberNovember 3, 2022 at 4:09 amPosted by: @fairbanksls
Tamaracks aka Larch are coniferous trees that shed their needles. They are a northern tree species.
The Metasequoia aka Dawn Redwood is also deciduous. They are native to China, but have been planted as ornamentals in many places (including the two that I planted in the yard of my last house).
- MemberNovember 3, 2022 at 4:08 pm
Thanks for finding and posting that, Joe.
Here is a bit more of the story.
South of Oregon 18 at roughly milepost 25, between Willamina and Grand Ronde, trees on Hampton Lumber land form a giant smiley face each fall. In 2011, Hampton Lumber created the design by planting a mix of Douglas fir and Larch during a reforestation of the area. Larch trees are conifers with needles that yellow and drop in autumn, and they make up the body of the face. Douglas fir makes up the eyes and mouth. The smiley face should return each fall for the next 30-50 years, until the trees are ready to be harvested for lumber
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