I’m following a tree with Lucy at Loose and Leafy. The 7th of each month is set aside for those taking part in Tree Following to post an update on their tree. I’m actually a few days late with my post — but that’s okay! — because anyone interested in joining Lucy has until the 14th of each month to let everyone know what’s been happening with their tree. Join in if you haven’t already!
My tree — a Shumard Oak (Quercus shumardii) — looks basically the same as it did last month. Not a lot is going on with it right now! Maybe it’s filled in a little more? Kind of hard to tell.
I’ve been really surprised that no birds or squirrels have made this tree their home (at least as far as I can tell). We have two other Shumard Oaks and they’re teeming with wildlife. Perhaps as this one continues to grow it will attract a following!
Since the tree itself hasn’t really undergone any noticeable changes, I decided to focus on it’s leaves, fruit and bark this month.
It appears that small acorns have begun to form! Their small, dark masses are apparent on the right in the photo below, nestled within a mass of glowing leaves.
Here is a closer view of the forming acorns.
Last month I posted a photo of a gall that had formed on one of the tree’s leaves (one of many, actually!). The gall is still there and, like the tree itself, hasn’t shown any obvious changes.
Various fungi appeared on the trunk of my tree during our wet, wet, wet month of May. Here are a couple photos that appear to show some lichen and perhaps some small dark-colored mushrooms.
The mushrooms are on the right in the top photo and on the left in the bottom photo. These enchanting organisms have all disappeared as dry, hot weather has set in.
That does it for this month’s Tree Following post! To join in, head over to Lucy’s website Loose and Leafy.