Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘upper peninsula’

Decidufir - A new species of tree

Decidufir Tree

We thought we had discovered a new species of tree when we came upon our first decidufir tree.

Do you see that the tree is roughly …

half conifer (a tree with needles rather than leaves)

and deciduous (a trees that loses its leaves each year)?

Can you imagine the possibilities presented by a tree that can do well in all seasons?

Considering how difficult it can be to survive in an area where the average snowfall is well over 200 inches. It could be very important.

This one is located near Copper Harbor at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula on the north side of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Initially, we couldn’t find people who could tell us about the tree.  Either the people we asked about the decidufir knew nothing about it or they were unwilling to share what they knew.

Later, though, we picked up hints that locals have known about the tree for a long time.  It may have even been important to Native Americans for both medicinal and mystical reasons.  Some people feel it is a harbinger of climate change … telling us that winters may become more cold & snowy, while summers turn more hot and dry.

Who knows?  Do you?

We hope to explore this further, when we return to the area this summer.

Do you know about the Decidufir Tree?

Please share with us.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: