Since I am observing the trees during fall, the leaves are falling at a very rapid pace. The trails are covered in its leaves and the trees all line the lake. There is still a large amount of leaves left on the trees, but they're getting more bare as the weeks go by.
leaves are shaped like spades and the buds are sticky
Black Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa)
The Willamette Mission Tree - Oregon Heritage Tree
The largest Black Cottonwood tree in the United States
23 October 2015: This tree is a very special kind of tree in that it has a name of its own outside of that of its species name. It is called the Willamette Mission Tree and is associated with the colonizing advent of European peoples (claiming a United States state identity) to Oregon and the establishment of a mission or church at the particular site on the then banks of the Willamette River. It is indeed a very impressive tree when one stands beside it and awes at its sheer size. We’re glad that it was not cut down as have so many other old growth trees throughout the world and certainly the Pacific Northwest and North America generally, for this is an ongoing process on a global (and corporate) scale. Willamette Mission State Park has placed a plaque at the side of the tree next to the trail that runs past it and behind it is located Mission Lake. The plaque commemorating this tree reads as follows: “Oregon Heritage Tree Program – Circumference 26 feet, 3 inches – Height 155 feet – Average Crown Spread 110 feet – Approximate Age 215 years – Dedicated by Heritage Tree Committee, Oregon Travel Information Council, April 2001. Willamette Mission Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa) – This giant black cottonwood stands near the site of the Willamette Mission established by Reverend Jason Lee in 1834. At that time, the Mission and tree were located on the banks of the Willamette River. The great flood of 1861 changed the river course to its present channel, leaving what is now Mission Lake. The Willamette Mission Cottonwood is the largest of its kind in Oregon and the nation. OREGON HERITAGE TREE.” To be sure, this Blackwood Cottonwood is an authentic and original resident of the Western Hemisphere.
Andrew Molera State Park
Adjacent to the beach trail
Grassy woodland near Big Sur River
Found in late bloom colors, the alternating leaf clusters are sticky when emerging during the bud stage, and have well pronounced veins extending through the blade across the midrib. Petiole are finely haired near pointed apices. Loses its leaves in Autumn, as illustrated in the pic, where many stipules can be seen attached to the twig, and some loose petiole can also be seen.
Black Cottonwood (Populus balsamifera)
Populus trichocarpa (black cottonwood; also known as western balsam poplar or California poplar) is a deciduous broadleaf tree species native to western North America. It is used for timber, and is notable as a model organism in plant biology. Its full genome sequence was published in 2006. It is the first tree species to be sequenced.