Mar 24 2011
And now for something completely different (not about peregrines).
I found this understory tree “blooming” in many places along the North Shore bike trail at Moraine State Park on Sunday. It drew my attention because of its long, yellow catkins.
Do you know what it is? Here are some hints:
- The plant grows in clumps like a shrub.
- The clumps are on average about 10 feet tall.
- Its long yellow catkins indicate it’s in the birch family.
- Many of the catkins sprout alone instead of in bunches.
- The catkins are as long as — or longer — than my fingers.
- The leaf buds are alternate on the branches.
- The bark is smooth and speckled.
Leave a comment with your answer.
(photo by Kate St. John)