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Saw the prunus serotina while hiking today

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Sure, I would rather be fishing today, but a short hike is all that the schedule permits.

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In the DC metroplex they are all over along streets, highways, and in the wild woods. They are better known as black cherries. The fruit is now ripening, and it tastes bitter sweet. Alongside the black cherries are the wild cherries. They will ripen in another week or two. The American wild cherry is known as prunus serotina or prunus cerasus where the latter name refers to its tartness.

While we are past the blossom season, cherry trees are excellent for shade, fruit, and for making furniture. In modern times, we try to preserve cherry trees and other hardwoods, and harvesting is discouraged.

There are some other things to see alongside the neighborhood trails too.

If we treat all of Arlington as a forest and decide to expand the canopy, we will breath easier.

"Conservation of the temperate deciduous forest has become a priority among environmental scientists and environmental awareness groups. One-third of the Earth's land is occupied by forests and temperate deciduous forests make up much of this. These forests are found in most of Europe, the eastern part of Canada and the United States, and parts of Japan and China.

What is a Temperate Deciduous Forest?

Conservation of the temperate deciduous forest

These forests are an ever-changing biome. They experience all four seasons: summer, fall, spring, and winter. Every year 30 to 60 inches of precipitation falls in these forests each year and it falls year round. There is a great variety of plant and animal life found in these forests. These forests also help to keep the air clean for us to breathe."

http://www.brighthub.com/environment/science-environmental/articles/65454.aspx

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