Ear to the Ground: The Insider Dirt to Gardening in Upstate NY

Q&A: We ask, YOU answer (Stump the Chump, May 2014)

by janem on June 22, 2014

Q&A

Stump the Chump

This issue we continue with our “reverse Q&A,” because our readers are having such a good time with it.

The late Professor Donald Wyman, of Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum fame, asserted that this was the tree most often sent in for identification. This tree sports brilliant fall coloration and its fruit is an ovoid drupe about half an inch long.

The first reader to guess correctly will win a lilac from Lilac Hill Nursery. Submit answers to jane@janemilliman.com or by calling 585-733-8979.

 

Nyssa sylvatica pepperidge bud 1 pepperidge bud 2 pepperidge tree silhouette

 

 

Give up?
It’s Nyssa sylvativa, aka black gum, or pepperidge tree.

Answers from previous issues: March-April 2014, Dunstan hybrid chestnut; November-December 2013, Sorbus alnifolia, Korean mountain ash.

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