Trees & Disease

  Like humans, trees are susceptible to disease. For example, the tall American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) just behind Agnes Scott Hall suffers from bacterial leaf scorch. Sometimes the effects of a disease can be catastrophic. Early in the 20th century, … Continue reading

Incense Cedar

  “Lost in thought” is not the best way to experience a tree. This incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens) rewards our full attention, if we stay mindful of our present experience of this tree. We can see the cinnamon-colored bark and … Continue reading

Living Fossils

Administrative assistant Rachel Garner talks about living fossils. Charles Darwin coined the term “living fossil.” It describes a species that has survived with little apparent change over a great span of time. Paleontologists recognize the fan-shaped leaf of the ginkgo … Continue reading