Trees of Victoria


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The streets and parks of Greater Victoria are adorned with many beautiful trees. While Vancouver Island has only 34 native species of trees, in the city we can encounter over 500 species. Trees in horticultural plantings could be from anywhere in the world. The tree you are admiring could be a Blue Atlas Cedar from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, a Deodara Cedar from the western Himalayas, or even a Dawn Redwood, a tree only known from fossils until its rediscovery in China in 1944. The vast diversity of possible origins greatly complicates the task of identifying trees in an urban environment. In this series you will learn the basics of tree biology and structure, tree identification, cultural and ethnobotanical uses, and where to find featured species.

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