After giving it some thought, I've chosen one of the balsam poplars in the park next door, to observe for the year. I walk by it everyday, making it really easy to notice and track it through the seasons.
It's one of three poplars in the park and I'm looking forward to getting to know this one better.
It's already starting to develop buds! They'll be ready to harvest soon, though I doubt I'll be able to reach any on this tree, unless the wind blows off a branch or two.
While in the park I remembered the lovely catalpa tree growing across from the poplars and on a whim, I've decided to study it too!
I love catalpa trees. They are so exotic looking with their tropical looking leaves and orchid-like flowers. I only just learned recently that catalpas have medicinal uses too, which I'm excited to discover more about.
Stay tuned for more updates from the Tree Year!