Tag: Trees

Sandbox Tree

The sandbox tree (Hura crepitans and H. polyandra) has pumpkin-shaped seeds that explode. They have poisonous seeds, bark, and leaves. It’s trunk is also studded with short, conical prickles. These trees can be found throughout tropical America and the seed capsules were once used by the British as sandboxes for blotting ink.

Eastern Red Bud

I have been learning about some interesting plants lately. One plant is the eastern red bud (Tilia americana). Their flowers are perfect, that is, they have male and female parts in one flower which gives them the ability to self-pollinate or they could be pollinated by bees. They also, sometimes grow directly out of the…

Sweet Gum Trees

I remember playing with gumballs from a gumball tree as a kid, but didn’t pay a lot of attention to their stages of development then. Have you ever looked at a gumball up close in all of its stages of development? They are very interesting. They go from being a small, yellowish-green gumball that is…