Dead or Alive?

Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
October 21, 2014

With lots of the leaves now fallen from maple trees and other tree types, it can be hard to tell if the tree is dead or alive.  A closer look can help us decide!  If there are buds on the branches, the tree is alive.  Can’t tell if that bump is a bump or a bud?  Binoculars can be used as a magnifying glass too:  turn them around and look through the opposite end with one eye, holding the bud close to the other lens.


Is this leaf-less beaked hazel shrub dead or alive?


Alive!  The leaf buds on beaked hazel usually form mid-summer, so preparation for the following year’s leaves starts very early.

What do you see in your neighborhood?

-Luciana Ranelli