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Particularly pretty possumhaw

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Possumhaw with Fruit in the Woods 7201

I could show you (and have shown you as recently as January 19) close views of the dense clusters of little red drupes produced by a native tree called possumhaw, Ilex decidua. This view from farther back lets you see the beauty of a fruiting possumhaw in the landscape, namely some of the woods in Great Hills Park as they looked on February 5, 2013. To take this photograph I had to gingerly work my way down the bed of a flowing creek to get close enough for a good (but still wide-angle) view.


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 10, 2015 at 5:49 AM

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  1. Not in the same family at all, but the possumhaw photo reminded me that all the rowan trees around town are brightening up with bright red berries. http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/new-exotic-trees/rowan-sorbus-aucuparia.html I expect possums would eat them. One site I checked says we have 30 million possums in NZ, and they eat 9000 tonnes of fruit, berries and leaves every night. 😦


    February 10, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    • I’ve become all too aware of the damage that possums cause in New Zealand, alas. A few days ago I visited Tiritiri Matangi, from which alien predators have been removed.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 11, 2015 at 2:49 AM

      • You have been to a lovely place. Sadly not one that I have visited.


        February 11, 2015 at 2:56 AM

        • Now you have an added incentive to go there. Speaking of places to visit, I sent you an e-mail a while ago about updated plans.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 11, 2015 at 3:03 AM

          • I have replied. Life is flexible here. We just roll with whatever happens, even if it’s an earthquake. I do not wish any of those upon you though.


            February 11, 2015 at 3:14 AM

  2. I often look at your photos and think, “Georgia O’Keeffe would appreciate this.” This time, I thought, “Monet really could have done something with this.” It brought to mind “Rose Path at Giverny” — because of the tangle, I suppose. I like the way the red, green, and gray each spread through the whole frame. It’s a restful image.


    February 10, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    • I’ll take Monet any time, and Great Hills Park has the same number of syllables as Giverny. I like your perceptive analysis of the interpenetrating red, green, and gray.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 11, 2015 at 2:54 AM

  3. This is a particularly pretty possumhaw. I was also enjoying the interplay between the red and green, set off by the graceful curves of the branches.


    March 6, 2015 at 8:42 AM

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