If you were a tree, what kind would you be?

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  1. midlifebear

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    I would be a Box Elder (acer negundo), a frequently mis-identified and misunderstood native of the western USA as far north as Edmonton, Canada, and as far south as Argentina. It's a true maple, but the usual palmate maple leaves are separated into five or six smaller finger-like leaves. It's about the only thing that can thrive in the sagebrush deserts and just below tree-line in the mountains. Often a Box Elder provides the only dense, cool shade in the Basin and Range for hundreds of miles.

    That's what I'd be. (Oh, it can be tapped to make maple syrup, just like the big old maples in New England.) :smile:
     
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    I'd be a garapuvu, which is the city/town tree for Florianópolis. It only blossoms in the early summer and can be found only in the hills surrouding the city. I even wrote a short poem about it. Here is a picture:

    http://www.clicrbs.com.br/rbs/image/5128535.jpg
     
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    Tulip Poplar. Whitman called it — the Apollo of the woods. I just like big trees.
     
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    In the Celtic Lunar Zodiac my sign is the Ivy, which is the only sign which doesn't happen to be a tree, the rest are.

    If I get to choose then its the Weeping Willow because the remind me of the garden in my Grandma's old house in London. The Willows in that garden were enormous, and their branches came down like a huge curtain at the end of the lawn and behind them was this private little world. The Weeping Willow has all kinds of symbolic associations too, and I just like them.

    Either that or a pomegranate tree.
     
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    Probably a Jacaranda; We have these shading our pool and they are just dazzling twice a year when they bloom.
     

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    Probably a weeping willow.
     
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    Hits Home this
    always admired Trees
    Source of life
    Harmless
    Projects energy etc etc
    Mind there own bizness.. till asshole mankind cuts them down

    http://www.conifers.org/ar/ag/aus/03.jpg

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    I would choose to be be a Yellow Cedar. Callitropsis nootkatensis. Native to the coast of British Columbia, Vancouver Island, and southern Alaska, it is one of the largest trees on the coast. The wood is hard and durable, yet lightweight and strong. It carves well, and is the most wonderful smelling timber in the world. I grew up in a family of boatbuilders and this is our most prized wood.

    The tree and it's wood was and is important to the First Nations people of the Coast. Traditionally, they used it for paddles, masks, dishes, boxes and bows.

    Bill Reid carved his sculpture of the Haida creation story, Raven and the First Men from a 3 cubic meter block of Yellow Cedar. It portrays the story of how Raven coaxed the first men out of a giant clam shell he found on the beach. This masterpiece resides at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. If anyone is going to Vancouver as a tourist or for the Olympics this month, the museum is a must see.
     
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    Monkey Puzzle, or a Baobab Tree. :D
     
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    a lemon tree...
     
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    Distinctive, Mythic, Transcendental choice.
     
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    Wouldn't be a tree. Can't I be a rock?? How 'bout a rabbit? Yes...if I were a rabbit...
     
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    If you're into jacarandas, you need to visit Buenos Aires for the month of November. That's late spring, and the city forester had the foresight to line the streets of Recoleta, Barrio Norte, Palermo, Palermo Viejo, Belgrano -- hell, the whole city -- with jacarandas. They're old and very tall filling the streets with giant blue clouds of blossoms and perfume. It's the most beautiful time of year in that city.
     
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    bristlecone pine, there is a beauty to their twisted shapes that I guess speaks to me
     
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    We've got a couple of Jacarandas on our property. I love them when they are bloom.

    Doesn't your pool end up with a lot of fallen blossoms? The areas around our trees become carpeted with purple when the blossoms fall off the trees.
     
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    Yes but I don't care! The last time it happened I floated candles in the pool with all the blossoms and did a midnight homage to Esther Williams!
     
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