Winter: an unique opportunity to see trees

Danielle St-Aubin

Chief Executive Officer, Tree Canada Directrice générale, Arbres Canada

I love trees in the winter. There is a certain quality, a certain beauty to them at this time of year. And though some may say that trees look a bit eerie or even sad in winter, I find that this season offers a unique opportunity to truly “see” trees.


Since most broadleaf trees have lost their leaves and even some conifers, like larch trees, have shed their needles, a tree’s silhouette is clearly visible, making it the perfect time to observe and learn.


So why not take a longer look and ask yourself: Is the tree tall and slim or rather stout? Is the overall shape umbrella-like, more roundish, or something else? Are the branches shooting up, to the side, down, or a mix of all three? And do they appear from top to bottom or only part of the way up the trunk? What about the bark? Is it smooth, rough, heavily textured? Is it dark or light? This, along with other things, such as the structure and appearance of the buds, can tell us so much about a tree.


Even if you are not seeking to identify trees, you can simply take a moment to appreciate their uniqueness during this month of love, as soon enough, spring will be here and the trees’ silhouettes will be hidden under leaves once again.


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