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    My trip to the National Arboretum, part 1

    Hi everyone,

    This past weekend (10/31) I visited the National Arboretum in Washington DC, which is home to the national bonsai and penjing collection! There were more than one hundred amazing trees there... and I took photos of everyone one of them.

    Of course, I'm not going to overload a single post with every picture. The exhibit was divided into a number of pavilions: Chinese, Japanese, North American, and Tropical (which may have been a branch of the North American pavilion). They were named based on where the trainer of the particular tree lived.

    I'm not going to show you any of the pavilions quite yet... first comes the courtyard joining them all.

    After strolling down a beautifully done, windy path, the courtyard opens before you, and you are greeted by this powerful Bald Cypress, trained as a formal upright since 1987.
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    Also nearby is what I believe to be a White Pine (I forgot to photograph the placard).
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    Here is a 35-year-old Dwarf Japanese Juniper, with tons of motion and gorgeous dead wood.
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    This Japanese Cork Bark Black Pine has been in training since 1936. This isn't even close to the oldest tree in the exhibit!
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    I forgot to photograph this one's placard, too, but I think it is a Black Pitch Pine.
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    (5 image per post limit hit - continued in the next post)

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    Another unidentified tree. Don't worry, I was much more diligent in the pavilions.
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    Last unidentified tree. Anyone know what it is?
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    And now for the fun part. I did remember to photograph this tree's placard, but I won't tell! When someone can correctly guess the following tree's type, I'll post the next set of pictures from my trip
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    Nice pictures!
    I'm going to guess the last one is an Ash (Fraxinus), but I'm not going to say whether its white or green?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirSpeedy1 View Post
    Nice pictures!
    I'm going to guess the last one is an Ash (Fraxinus), but I'm not going to say whether its white or green?
    Sorry - not an Ash, but I do see some similarities. Same basic leaf shape and it also has those dangling seed pods.

    Anyone else?

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    I need to get down there at some point.

    Honey Locust?
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    Thanks for posting the pics for us.

    Howard

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    Quote Originally Posted by mKlRivPwner View Post
    I need to get down there at some point.

    Honey Locust?
    Not Honey Locust, either.

    If you're within range to make it a day trip, you definitely need to go! I was shocked at how many trees there were. And go earlier in the day, too. I got there around 1pm and walked out the exit at 3:45.

    It's also completely free in every respect (though there is a box for donations).

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    Quote Originally Posted by skelterjohn View Post
    Not Honey Locust, either.

    If you're within range to make it a day trip, you definitely need to go! I was shocked at how many trees there were. And go earlier in the day, too. I got there around 1pm and walked out the exit at 3:45.

    It's also completely free in every respect (though there is a box for donations).
    If it's not Honey Locust, I'm pretty sure I know what it is (but I won't tell).

    DC is about 3 hours, so certainly worth a day trip.
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    I think it is wisteria, as I know that after several years, their leaves shrink?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caisí M. View Post
    I think it is wisteria, as I know that after several years, their leaves shrink?
    Correct! I'll post some more pictures soon.

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