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Many of the main characters are associated with a specific tree. Which tree would you pick to represent you? Why?

Created: 07/26/19

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davinamw

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Many of the main characters are associated with a specific tree. Which tree would you pick to represent you? Why?

Many of the main characters are associated with a specific tree. Which tree would you pick to represent you? Why?


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renem

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RE: Many of the main characters are associated with a specific tree. Which tree would you pick to represent you? Why?

Magnolia, an ancient genus appearing before bees did, the flowers are theorized to have evolved to encourage pollination by beetles. Tough in the center, a little showy and smells sweet ::;-)::


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paulak

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RE: Many of the main characters are associated with a specific tree. Which tree would you pick to represent you? Why?

Good answer, renem!

I know a saguaro cactus is not technically a tree, but I will pick that just because they are so magnificent!


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carolf

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RE: Many of the main characters are associated with a specific tree. Which tree would you pick to represent you? Why?

A white birch. Because it is not majestic or rare but rather common and can be found in many yards or along the roads. Which is better to be unremarkable but known or to be odd and unknown?


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susiej

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RE: Many of the main characters are associated with a specific tree. Which tree would you pick to represent you? Why?

I don't associate with trees as much a birds, but I love long pole pines for their stately nature and beautiful deep, green needles. I spent much of my youth in northern Michigan and also later in life lived in Maine for awhile. Pines are prolific in both and their sweet smell, beautiful color, and rise to the heavens make them regal and loved by me.


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ruthiea

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RE: Many of the main characters are associated with a specific tree. Which tree would you pick to represent you? Why?

I am surrounded by many pine trees, differing varieties, as well as some birch and maple trees. I would identify with the Pine trees, not showy like the Maples, not changing a great deal, steady, proud - and smelling so nice!


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paulagb

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RE: Many of the main characters are associated with a specific tree. Which tree would you pick to represent you? Why?

A Pinyon which is a desert pine. It is strong and needs little to survive, but flourishes in the high desert of New Mexico. It provides wood which burns long and hot to heat and cook. It provides nuts for birds, small mammals and people.


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patriciag

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RE: Many of the main characters are associated with a specific tree. Which tree would you pick to represent you? Why?

I am particularly in love with the Japanese maples. My heart is broken because our crazy winter here--polar cold--and thaw, devastated our beautiful many-years-old tree. This tree was a birthday present many years ago from my husband. Each year she bloomed and developed each year into a stunning, copper-red canopy of low-growing leaves, creating such an eye-popping space in our garden. Even now, I'm holding out for some sort of miracle regrowth in the next spring, but I'm not optimistic. My husband, bless him, wants to cut the convoluted trunk to create a garden sculpture, and if my wish does not materialize, I agree that we will need to find a way to make this special tree a more permanent part of our landscape.


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dianaps

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RE: Many of the main characters are associated with a specific tree. Which tree would you pick to represent you? Why?

I live in the boonies and have trees all around me which I love so much. The magnolia has my heart for its beauty and its scent.


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BuffaloGirl

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RE: Many of the main characters are associated with a specific tree. Which tree would you pick to represent you? Why?

I live in dry, arid Southwest Kansas. Before white settlement, the only trees were along rivers and creeks and around springs. Now, besides towns and cities, one can see trees around farmsteads, either still in use or abandoned. For me, I could be no other tree than the wonderful cottonwood which is native to our area. Beautiful green leathery leaves and great heights help it provide wonderful shade. Some people hate the cotton that they put off once a year, but I don't mind it. It tells me they are still here and healthy!


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