The trees of southernwood

"Heartwood of Ashen and Maple and Yew,

Oaken and Aspen and Elm ever true..."

On this page you'll find info and pix about trees that inspired...the The Mazer!

I'm going to show you photos I've taken myself in various locations within Europe and North America :)


For the aspens of Skeps Wood and Great Aspen who grows in the Albatorium, I took inspiration from trees and leaves in a nearby park.

These aspen leaves shiver and shake quite a lot in the wind! Hence our "trembling aspens."

aspen leaves


This is the same tree in March:

aspen trunk

And here are the catkins:

aspen catkins



I suppose that when I write of Great Oak, I'm thinking of an English Oak - or Quercus robur.

Here's a great example of one:

english oak tree


The leaf of the English Oak:

english oak leaves



Here's a beautiful maple leaf - that of the Norway Maple, or Acer platanoides:

norway maple leaf



Leaves of an ash in Westonbirt Arboretum:

ash leaves


At the University Botanical Garden in Sofia, I spotted some fresh ash leaves peeking out of the bottom of the trunk. This species of ash is Fraxinus excelsior - the European Ash or Common Ash.

fraxinus excelsior leaves


Back to the park - and a purple ash. Green in summer - and then this fantastic autumn color in October!

purple ash tree



Here's a yew in Kew! Kew Gardens has various species of yew. This one's probably the most well known: Taxus baccata - or the English Yew.

taxus baccata trunk


The trunk of this yew splits in two - so this is the view looking up:

yew trunk split


Here are the leaves of Taxus baccata dovastonii, also at Kew:

yew tree leaves



I only know one elm tree - and he lives in the park here in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Here he is in April. I love the shape of this tree.

As far as I can determine, this is Ulmus laevis - or the European White Elm

elm tree


The leaves of this tree, like many elms, have an asymmetrical base.

Can you see the large leaf in the middle of the photo?

One side is slightly longer than the other where it joins the stalk.

leaves of an elm


golden rain

You might see the Golden Rain written as one word, or two - or with a hyphen!

Whichever way you choose will be easier than trying to pronounce Koelreuteria paniculata!

I was thrilled to find a small golden rain tree in Union Square, New York City, last August:

golden rain pods summer


The pods turn yellow, then gold, then dark brown - until they end up like this in December:

golden rain pods winter


And here's what's inside - shiny, black seeds that rattle about if you shake the pods:

golden rain tree seeds



The beech below has a smooth, pale gray trunk:

beech tree trunk


The leaves are glossy green, and its fruit is a nut - the beechnut, or beechmast, which is enclosed in a husk:

beech leaves and nut


tulip tree

It's always exciting to bump into a tulip tree, as their leaves are out of this world!  And these trees grow to quite a large size, producing quite a breathtaking effect!

I found the tulip tree below - a Liriodendron tulipifera - in the Balchik Botanical Gardens on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria:

tulip tree leaves


The photos were taken in June, which meant that this tree was in flower:

tulip tree flowers

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