Family Trees – literally

I got a call this week from gentlemen in south Georgia with a really neat story.  His great great grandfather had retired from the customs house in Savannah and started a tree nursery.  He grew a magnificent live oak in this nursery and his son took some acorns and grew his own live oak at his house.  That man’s son took some acorns and grew his own live oak.  Now the customer on the phone had collected acorns from his father’s tree and wanted to direct seed them at his house.  He wanted to use tree tubes as to ensure that the family tradition lived on for his children and their children.  With increased deer populations, this family heritage would certainly be killed off by browsing , but the tree tubes he purchased will bring that piece of family history to fruition faster and provide protection for the trees long after they have grown out of the tops of the tubes.

It’s stories like this that remind me that trees are a bigger part of our lives than just CO2 exchange.  They help transfer history between generations and create bonds to a past that otherwise would have been forgotten or lost.  To be able to walk out to your yard and physically touch basically the same tree that your great great grandfather had grown must be such an amazing journey.  Maybe my son will take an acorn from the bur oak I planted in the yard this year and start our own “family tree.”

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