Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Art: Pyrus calleryana

I went to the University of Pittsburgh for my undergrad. A lot of the campus - like a lot of the other streets across the United States - was covered in Callery Pear trees (Pyrus calleryana).
These are common street trees that are beautiful this time of year. They are covered in white clusters of blossoms that really soften the spring landscape. Of course they also smell. Some people don't notice the scent, but, well, we had a certain unsavory nickname for these trees in college. I won't get into that here, but lets just say the scent of these flowers is reminiscent of the inside of a frat house after a weekend party....

The trees are also dubious as street trees. They were wildly planted in the 70s but as it turns out, they aren't very hardy. They last through the winters, but the wood is weak, and branches rip off from heavy snows or rains or a butterfly landing on it...

It makes really pretty pressed art though!

1 comment:

  1. These trees line the street where I live. When Scott was down last he said "oh, the trees that smell like things that come out of a dick." LOL.

    Jesus, they do smell, though.