To a recent post about real v. fake Xmas trees, Elizabeth left a comment about a "puny living tree that would look like hell in my high-ceilinged house AND
planted in my garden." So I offer as Exhibit A to that very point this Cryptomeria ‘Yoshino’ that served as my tree in 2001 and is shown in this 2006 photo.
But let’s go back to 2001 and imagine this plant in a pot and standing about 4′, including the height of the pot. Decorated, it looked cute in my small living room but I’ve seen Elizabeth’s house and I agree it would look silly there. After a few days I started worrying that the indoor heat would kill my new tree, which had cost me all of $40. (Anybody know if that ever happens?) So out to the deck it went, decorations and all, where it stayed until it could be planted on the first warmish day of the new year. Winters here being pretty half-hearted, it didn’t have to wait long.
Sited in this half-sunny spot in the garden, it’ll grow to maybe 35′ tall, according to the sources. Actual results may vary but in no event would it fit into Elizabeth’s cozy urban garden.
More on the tree wars
This article about the Coalition for Environmentally Conscious Tree Growers is the latest contribution to the controversy, and thanks to Kathy Jentz to sending it our way.
Corvallis, where are you?
Now for a brief off-topic rant about that link. It takes you to the site of the Corvallis Gazette Times newspaper. Raise your hand if you know what state that’s in, or even what part of the country. This Easterner didn’t know it’s in Oregon – sorry! – and I bet there are plenty of other readers like me. (At least I’ve actually visited the state.) I’m bothering to complain because it’s very common for newspaper sites not to tell you where the hell they’re located in the real world.
That’s okay. Newspapers are all scrambling to improve their websites and no doubt they will get better. Or the paper might not be around for long.