Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Sing to the Tune of.....What Kind of Fool Am I?

What kind of tree is this? I like the leaves, but the nuts on this tree make my life a living hell in the summer.

They are small, fig-shaped nuts with a wonderful aroma. At night, the squirrels open the nuts and leave the residue on my deck. The pieces are sharp as tacks, so if you walk on the deck barefoot, you think you have stumbled onto a bed of nails.

I sweep it all away, only to be confronted with a new mess in the morning. What's a girl to do? I've pondered having the tree cut down, but it leans out so gracefully over the deck, providing a nice canopy of leaves and shade. I guess I'll have to learn to live with it - but I'd like to know what it is I am living with! Any botanists want to weigh in with a diagnosis?


fred said...

Check Google Images for hickory. I think that's what you've got there. -- Fred

Janet said...

There's a tree like that on my daily dog walk route; the shells stick into the bottom of my flip flops!

Hi, Michele sent me!

kenju said...

According to Fred and Google, it is indeed a hickory tree. Thanks Fred!

srp said...

If you cut it down I know someone who could make you a lovely hutch or some other gorgeous piece of furniture with that hickory.

Angie said...

Hickory nuts are better than pecans. You should harvest them and run the squirrels away.