Manna Ash and the Washington Monument

December 2, 2008 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Recently I shared pictures of the Two-Face Tree I saw at Douthat State Park. Little did I know there were cooler things to come! Check out this tree from the Amsterdam Botanical Gardens:

What the–

They wanted a Manna Ash in the gardens. But the Manna Ash is indigenous to the countries of Southern Europe. Since it is accustomed to the same warm weather that attracted Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet to Spain, the Manna Ash has doesn’t grow as well in the colder climate of Amsterdam.

Solution? Graft the Manna Ash to the root structure of a Common Ash which is better suited for the cold. It makes for an interesting looking tree.

Manna Ash grafted onto a Common Ash

This tree doesn’t remind me of any comic book characters, but it does make me think about the Washington Monument. Thanks to funding problems and a little thing known as the Civil War, there was about a 25 year hiatus in the construction of the Washington Monument. When construction finally resumed, builders could not locate stone that matched the work that was already done. To this day, there is a distinct color change where the original effort left off.

Two Barks

Two Stones (Photo by CrimsonMage)

With both the Manna Ash and the Washington Monument, the construction materials of the top and the bottom were closely related. And yet, a border is still readily visible.

More pictures of the Amsterdam Botanical Gardens can be found on my Flickr site.

Entry filed under: Amsterdam, Travel, trees, Washington Monument.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. geekhiker  |  December 2, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    I love that you drew that comparison!

    How sad is it, though, that I looked at the photo of the Monument and thought “I’ll bet it would be fun to color-correct that color difference in Photoshop…”


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