Aged and Beautiful This tree, wrinkled with age and lined at its base with lovely spring annuals, likely dates back to the first planting of trees on campus in 1933. _Fagus sylvatica_’s thin grey bark has historically been described as resembling elephant skin, and its leaves, unlike many other deciduous broadleafs, can range in color from yellowish green to orange or even purple.
While technically classified as a shrub and not a tree, the woody and robust Camellia sasanqua, or Yuletide Camellia, has more than enough charisma to qualify for tree-of-the-week status. Present in various locations on campus, this mid-sized evergreen is native to China and Japan, and it usually grows at high altitudes. In addition to its aesthetic value, Camellia sasanqua is also prized for its practical uses, as its leaves can be brewed into tea and its seeds can be used to make tea seed oil.
Last month, Oregon became the subject of considerable internet mockery for its late adoption of limited “pump-your-own-gas” laws. Since 1951, all gas stations in the state have required attendants to handle the fueling process, but as of January 1, some parts of Oregon are now self-service, leaving New Jersey as the only state to still require gas attendees. Hard emphasis on “some,” however: this change in legislation only applies to counties occupied by less than 40,000 people, which is a little under half of all Oregon counties.
The notorious Doomsday Clock has been pushed another thirty seconds closer to Armageddon. Concerned by the escalation of nuclear rhetoric in the White House and internationally, as well as continued governmental inaction regarding the dangers of climate change, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists elected on January 25 to move the hands of the clock to 11:58:00 from their previous position at 11:57:30. “We are very concerned,” said Rachel Bronson, president of the Bulletin, “with the unpredictability of the United States and how it’s thinking of its nuclear weapons.
The American sycamore, Platanus occidentalis, while not native to the Pacific Northwest, covers a prodigious range of the eastern United States, from the Atlantic coast to about 98 degrees longitude. These charismatic giants can grow as large as 150 feet tall and 13 feet wide, and they are notorious for the formation of large hollows, which often become home to wildlife ranging from squirrels to spiders (and on at least one notable occasion, a small family of human beings).
In 1933, 22 years after the college held its earliest classes, Reed’s personnel planted the very first of our campus’s many trees. Among these early individuals were five Incense Cedars, Calocedrus decurrens, all of which survive to this day. Notable for its sweet smell, scaly foliage, and flaky, furrowed bark, Calocedrus decurrens, in spite of its name, is not actually a true cedar, but is still the most common wood in the construction of “cedar” chests (as well as pencils).
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