Monday, February 16, 2009

Mystery plant in my woods


Folks,

Normally I know most of the plants growing here in my Durham, NC woods. Yesterday Meg and I found this at the lower end of our property near the stream. Most of the plants were 6-8 foot tall and these catkins were hanging from them about 3 inches long or so.

Any ideal what plant this might be??

6 comments:

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I'm not sure, but I've seen similar looking plants around here in the woods.
By the way I love your pink bench. I bet it looks great out in the garden!

Randy Emmitt said...

Catherine,

Thanks for being the first to post a comment on my new blog. My botanist friend Will Cook believes it is Hazel Alder (Alnus serrulata)see his page on it at http://www.duke.edu/~cwcook/trees/alse.html

Shady Gardener said...

Randy, we have things that drip like that, but they're not as large... I'll have to do a bit of investigation.

Congratulations on your new blog! :-)

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Hi Randy,
That is certainly 'different'! I have no idea-not something I've ever seen around my area:)

Lanny said...

I would agree with your friend that it is a type of Alder. Very similar to ones here with a few differences.

Entangled said...

I vote for Alder too. When they start to shed pollen, I know spring is very close.