Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Big Leaves

Posted by Picasa These are the leaves of the Chinese Parasol Tree or Umbrella Tree. It's scientific name is Firmiana simplex.  I picked one to press it and think about how I could display it. the tree is a fast growing thing, growing 6 feet or more in one year. It produces a nice dense shade and a safe place for birds to hide from a rainstorm if left to grow. many people who have these growing as weed trees which they keep in check by pruning every year might be surprised to learn that you can buy a 7/8 ft.tree from the Nursery at Ty Ty for only $279.75 (includes shipping). Check here if you do not believe me.

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