Winter Bud Identification

Medicinal bark is harvested in late winter and early spring as the sap rises and before the plant breaks dormancy. Learn to distinguish trees and shrubs by their buds and bark. Trees can be identified year round mainly by bark and growth habits but the pattern of scales on leaf buds appearing in late winter are another excellent tool to help you spot your favorite tree for wildcrafting.

Identification is the skill set that will grant you access to free herbs! Witch hazel, willow, alder and oak, we’ll discuss characteristic identifiers of each species and examine buds up close under a magnifying glass (feel free to bring one to class!).

H. Marshall Ward - The Oak: A Popular Introduction to Forest-Botany, Public Domain

White oak is one of the many tree barks that supply tannins, acting as powerful astringents for closing wounds, tightening lax tissues and varicosities, and with some caution internally for rectifying diarrhea. (Drawing by H. Marshall Ward in The Oak: A Popular Introduction to Forest-Botany, Public Domain.)

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
7:00pm – 9:00pm
25 St. Mary’s Court, Brookline

The fee for this class is $20.

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