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A year or two ago, I was talking with a friend of mine who grew up in Philadelphia. I don’t recall how the conversation turned to tree identification, but it did, and she said she couldn’t really recognize trees (by species). I offered two examples, mulberry and sycamore, and she gave me a really odd look. I picked them because they’re distinctive trees that are pretty common in Philly. I had no idea that there’d actually been one of each in the yard of the house where she spent most of her childhood…

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