By Zola Hale
There is more to trees than just what meets the eye. Why do my project on trees? That’s a good question. I realized in making this tree project that we are all really connected to trees either just by breathing their air or because trees are part of many small moments that happen in your life.
Hi, I’m in Prospect Park.
This photo shows that this tree was planted a while ago since the trunk is small and it’s still sprouting. Now it’s growing into a crab apple tree. It grows in the northern hemisphere, including Kazakhstan, Russia, China, and some regions of North America. The best environment for a crab apple tree is to have full sun and soil that’s not too dry but not too wet. If this tree grows in shade it takes longer for their beautiful flowers to grow. The flowers are just for decorative purposes and the fruit it grows isn’t used to eat. Yes this tree is a crab apple tree, but when I walk to school from my house I always go by the crab apple trees for a reason. That reason was that when I first ever walked to school there was a crab apple tree with only branches. I knew that it was going to grow into a beautiful tree, but since we were in the park I took a picture of a younger version.
In Prospect Park.
This ginkgo tree was planted probably a long time ago considering that it has a very big trunk and a lot of branches. From far away it looks like a sweet tree but soon it will drop stinky ginkgo fruit. The ginkgo fruit and leaves can be used in tea. Ginkgo trees grow best in the sun like in the south. They don’t grow as well when in shade. These trees are special to me because there were Gingko Trees outside one of my favorite houses I have lived in even though they are stinky. It was still a fun challenge trying not to step on the gingko fruit.
Hey, in Prospect park… again This tree is called a chlorophyll pigment tree which means the leaves change color. It just grows as a simple tree only needing the sun and water. How the leaves change are from plant pigments; the four most common plant pigments are chlorophylls, anthocyanins, carotenoids, and betalains. This tree is technically a normal tree but there is a story behind it. Every year on Memorial Day my family goes Kayaking and I complain about it every time but yet I have fun and we always see the beautiful chlorophyll pigment tree changing colors.