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posted July 31, 2005

The park's wild fruit and nut trees

Anyone who might be interested in seeing wild fruit and nut trees in the park should walk along Dufferin Street especially down by Sylvan in the very southwest corner. 3 young black walnuts are bearing their lemon-shaped lime coloured fruit for 2nd year. They are like young teenagers on the verge of adulthood growing so robustly you can almost see them increasing in size. Inside the rail fence is a hazelnut which is full of frilly green fruit still forming. The frilly part is called involucre and looks very flowery and decorative.

The wild plums seem to form fruit reluctantly preferring to increase their kind by sending up shoots and suckers. There are a handful of hard green plums all the same which some creature will likely eat. I keep hoping a song bird will build a nest in their thorny branches.

Closer to the fountain a choke cherry is now about 18' high and the strange mouth-puckering fruit are just ripening as are the small berries on the pagoda dogwoods. The elderberries are still green but it seems that some birds or other creatures will eat those without allowing them to ripen. These are common trees and shrubs of the countryside but not often grown in town.

- Gene Threndyle, in a note to the dufferinpark email list July 18, 2005.

posted August 4, 2005


photo by Wallie Seto

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