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PostSat Oct 05, 2019 3:55 pm 
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I am going back to add Vine Maple to my list.  This colorful tree is a highlight of the Fall season.  ~z
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PostSun Oct 06, 2019 12:29 pm 
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Subalpine Fir - those Christmas tree forests - mixed with open meadows made me feel like I'd stepped into heaven on the first trips if my youth. And that ineffable fragrance of the high meadows and firs. Can anyone really perfectly describe it?
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PostMon Oct 07, 2019 6:10 am 
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Brushwork wrote:
Ok, now isnít Manzanita a shrub?    I know itís really fun to hike through....,,

??? I thought it was a tree. We had them where I grew up in California.

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PostMon Oct 07, 2019 10:52 am 
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I was partly razzing you (teasing), but also my memory of manzanita was large shrub like, mostly for itsís impenetrable character.

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PostMon Oct 07, 2019 12:21 pm 
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veronika wrote:
??? I thought it was a tree. We had them where I grew up in California.

I have always considered them a shrub, though they can get quite large.  I lived in California for 12 years and loved hiking through manzanita in the upper Mojave Desert, Angeles National Forest and through the mountains of the Central coast.

Wikipedia does include "tree" in its definition, i.e. "small tree".  Quote:  Manzanita is a common name for many species of the genus Arctostaphylos. They are evergreen shrubs or small trees present in the chaparral biome of western North America, where they occur from Southern British Columbia and Washington to Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas in the United States, and throughout Mexico.
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PostMon Oct 07, 2019 1:29 pm 
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I love the dark brown color of the trunks. And the wood is hard as hell! They are like mazes hiking through them. 👍

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PostWed Oct 09, 2019 8:07 pm 
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Bedivere wrote:
Western red cedar is by far my favorite. I love the fibrous bark and the gnarled forms ancient specimens take.  I love the way the wood smells when cut.  I love the clear, even grain and the soft feel of the raw wood. I love how seasoned logs seemingly jump apart when split. I love the crackly fires they make.  I love how they can grow right out of a river bank, seemingly right out of the water.

I also like paper Birch and Vine Maple when it grows in open areas under dense canopies.

I love this description! Not just a name on a list, but all the reasons why! And so we'll written. I can see, smell, feel, even hear the tree.

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PostWed Oct 23, 2019 3:36 pm 
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Since  I'm not allowed to pick larch. . .

Here's my second choice:  It's probably a shrub, although I've seen it as tall as a small tree--it's the off-trail hiker's favorite, devil's club!  Makes a perfect hand-hold for those forbidding the larch in this survey! 

I would have picked the larch, if allowed, at any time of year.   I'll never forget when we moved to NE Oregon in 1972 and drove up into the Blue Mts. in October seeking firewood.  I'd never seen or heard of larch before then, and I was in awe.  Of course most of the local residents call it tamarack, but it's really the western larch.  I later became acquainted with the even more spectacular alpine larch.

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PostWed Oct 23, 2019 6:47 pm 
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When I lived in Western Washington, Cedar.  Now that Im an Eastern kid, LARCH baby.  Especially since they are on my property.

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