Monday, November 29, 2010

Trees and Tricks!

Guinness here. I want to show you something.

This is a Pine Tree. See how the needles are LONG?

Well, when you LONG for something, you PINE for it. So that is a good trick to remember the pine tree.

And this is a FIR tree! See how the needles are FLAT? FLAT and FIR both start with 'F'. And that is how you remember the fir tree!

And this is a Spruce tree! At first it is hard to tell it apart from the Fir tree.

But look close. The needles go all the way around the branch. They don't lie flat and smooth. See? I do not have a good trick to remember the Spruce tree--maybe you can think of one?

Can you tell what these two trees are? If you said Pine and Spruce then you are right!

And all these trees produce CONES so they are CONIFEROUS trees! And they all have needles and not leaves--so they are SOFTWOOD trees!

Now, there is just one more kind of tree you need to know about....

................................................The Charlie Brown tree!


  1. What a lesson! We can't wait to tell momma. We love the Charlie Brown tree, we try to get one every year
    Benny & Lily

  2. Great lesson today Guinness! And I love your Charly Brown tree!!!!

  3. Hey Guinness!
    Wow, I love trees and this was a fun tour. My territory doesn't have very many pines, so I was glad to read and learn. Great pix. The best part was the Peanuts Gang tree at the end with Groucho included. Very sweet. Thanks for sharing this with us. I always enjoy your blog.
    Grr and Woof,

  4. Great tips! Does Groucho always look goofy?

    Nubbin wiggles,

  5. I liked your tree lesson too, Guinness. Since the feathers of a goose go all around, lets just think of the Spruce Goose, which was a wooden Howard Hughes airplane. I don't know what wood it was made of though.

    I have known Groucho ever since he came and I can tell you he has various levels of goofiness but one is always at the surface.


  6. Hi, Groucho:)

    How about "spruce up, down and all around" to get ready for the holidays:)

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  7. Great post - very useful hints for remembering - we'll use that with Murray on our next walk in the park.

    Love all the photos Guinness!

    take care
    Clive and Murray

    ps-thank you for the comment the other day about looking a little bit like a Wolfhound! It was a great compliment - only wish I was as 'big' as you, Guinness!

  8. You're so smart! I never knew the differences between the coniferous trees.
    But I'm kinda partial to the Charlie Brown tree. BOL!
    My mom spends hours decorating our big tree. That's time she could be spending with ME!

  9. I can't help it! I laugh every time I see Groucho! Thanks for the lesson. I never knew all that stuff before. I am going to check out the trees in our yard tomorrow.


  10. Dear Janice, as I said: A breath of fresh air!
    Love, Sandra

  11. Spruce spirals? Sorry, best we can do.

    And we love the Charlie Brown tree.

  12. What a great post, Guinness! Hsin-Yi really enjoyed it as she is hopeless with trees and always wanting to learn more about them and recognise them better. Those were great tricks to remember how to recognise them! Funny - most "Christmas trees" we see seem to be spruce rather than pine!

    Do you have something called a "Norfolk pine" in Nova Scotia? We had loads of them in NZ (and a bit in Australia, where it is cooler) - they are weird coz their branches spread upwards - they are sometimes called "upside down pines" - Hsin-Yi thinks they are really beautiful. If you saw my post about their visit to Newcastle recently, there were some Norfolk pines lining the waterfront drive, in the photos...

    Honey the Great Dane

  13. Thank you for that interesting lesson, Guinness! I see some mighty-fine looking Christmas trees there!