First Blush

Reflections and sightings from [almost] daily jogging at dawn

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Sunrise 5:47 am: Thoughts on plane trees

The Dawn Joggers pass plane trees many places on the Stanford campus. They're lovely in the morning light, and the DJs have benefited from their shade on many of their canal walks in Europe. But for most of her years in Southern California, the female DJ was baffled by their popularity. She knew them as sycamore trees. In the fall they turned an ugly brown and were a big mess to clean up. A article by Arthurs Gibson of UCLA has now provided her with everything she wanted to know about plane/sycamore trees (they produce male and female flower) and more. (She'd somehow forgotten they line Bruin Walk!)


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