Pacific yew, Taxus brevifolia

There are some old folks among us, silently watching our busy ways.  Pacific yew trees are like that…they were here before here was here. Yes, older than Shasta, older than the Siskiyous.  Yews have traveled around the world, but remain their old selves.  Pacific yew is a conifer, like the pines and firs, but has amazing ancient traits unlike its brothers and sisters. From a distance yews look like knarly, redwood bonsais, graceful yet full … [Read more...]

Tree Hazard Checklist

Consider these questions: Are there large dead branches in the tree? Are there detached branches hanging in the tree? Does the tree have cavities or rotten wood along the trunk or in major branches? Are mushrooms present at the base of the tree? Are there cracks or splits in the trunk or where branches are attached? Have any branches fallen from the tree? Have adjacent trees fallen over or died? Has the trunk developed a strong … [Read more...]