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Old Oct 28, 2007, 12:48 PM   #1
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this red oak at a local botanical garden exemplifies the brilliant colors of autumn...


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Old Oct 28, 2007, 9:07 PM   #2
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I love the brilliant reds and golds of the hardwood trees. I made an interesting observation over the past few years. The only trees that display the reds and golds in Autumn (in Portland), are trees that have been planted as part of landscaping projects. Most are Maple trees. Hardwood trees are not native to the Pacific Northwest. The native trees display mostly yellows and browns and are not particularly brilliant.

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Old Oct 28, 2007, 10:30 PM   #3
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you're right, Cal... the maples, alders and birches that grow wild in this part of the world mostly turn yellow... pretty,but after a while it gets boring. it's the red oaks, sugar maples, and sumacs that are planted along streets and in parks that turn red and orange... now if we could just seed some of those into the wild!!
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