We had our hunger for color satisfied by the gardens at the University of Illinois, and we made our way back to the arboretum. There's nothing I love more than to walk through the woods. Maybe it's because we live in the land of big, wide farm fields and woods are dotted here and there, with none so large (nearby) to taken any more than 10-15 minutes to walk from one side to the other.
On the way to the arboretum, we got a lovely view of the university president's home...
Fall had definitely taken hold, as evidenced by leaf color, whether it be deep red...
...or dead brown and skeletonized by an unknown insect.
We have them, or should I say, had them. The sweet gum and ginkgo remain, but four times trying to grow a tulip poplar resulted in failure every time. It's a mystery as to why, since it is native to our area, but some things defy explanation. We simply enjoy them wherever and whenever we see them.
|The fruit of the hedge apple is 4-5 inches in diameter. You'll want to steer |
clear of these trees when the fruit is fully ripe!
It has the distinction of being the only species in its genus. That alone makes it pretty special. Luckily, I found one at Arrowhead Alpines and it's now planted where one day years from now, it will shade the chicken coop.
|The thorny bark of the Kalopanax septemlobus is silhouetted against its|
large leaves that resemble those of the castor bean and sweetgum.