Saturday, 4 April 2015

Elder contortions


Is this Elder tree embarrased or something?
It's a piece of natural sculpture between posts 15 and 16 on the Filnore Woods trail. 

Check your nearest elder tree and you may be surprised to find red shoots starting into life already.  Elder is one of the first trees to send out leaves in the spring.



As well as elder flowers in May 



and elder berries in August


dead elder wood is the favourite food of the Jelly Ear, Jew's Ear or Judas' Ear fungus


We usually say Jelly Ear nowadays but it got the name Jew's Ear because elder was traditionally thought to be the tree that Judas Iscariot hanged himself from.

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