Leafless trees still tell tales

Jan 31, 2019

MARION — Despite the impending polar vortex, a small group of hardy participants at the Marion Natural History Museum learned how to identify local trees and shrubs with the help of wetland scientist, Sarah Porter, on Jan. 30.

Participants in the class smelled a black cherry tree’s unpleasant odor and learned how to differentiate it from a yellow birch’s more pleasant scent. 

The explorers also learned about opposite and alternate leaf arrangement on a branch, what lenticels look like on a birch and a hickory and how sassafras trees can be used to make tea.