Red Maple and Southern Needleleaf

Red maple (Acer rubrum) is a well-known large tree of moist places throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada with distinctive 3 or 5-lobed leaves. Even in Florida, this deciduous tree brings red and yellow fall color. A substantial specimen grows…

Gorgeous gumbo limbo

Gumbo limbo (Bursera simarouba) are burly big trees, usually multi-trunked. ¬†Only a few are found at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, youngish trees "seeded" by birds after the Christmas freeze of 1989 that brought bone-chilling temperatures well below freezing and…

Lovely Lancewood – Name change

Lancewood is now full of flowers at the north entrance to the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). Its creamy white flowers are held in terminal clusters (panicles) and attract to bees and other pollinators. Its opposite leaves are leathery as…