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Trees

Tartans are a perfect canvas for capturing the beauty and diversity of trees.

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Flowering Almond

By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan reflects the colors of a young almond bush. ​

Feb 16
Almond Day

Apple Blossom

This tartan, by Carol A.L. Martin, was designed "in keeping with my thoughts of spring ... I started thinking of apple blossoms."

Apr 11
Apple Blossom Days

Gingko

The tartan, inspired by the tree, and designed by Carol A.L. Martin, includes "lines in two's like the bi-lobed shape of the leaves on a ginkgo tree." ​

Apr 12
Blooming of Gingko Trees

Oaks

This tartan was inspired by the Canadian Bur Oak, with a mixture of fall colours of yellow, browns, and the occasional green leaf.

Apr 27
Arbor Day

White Birch

This tartan uses symmetrical lines represent the tapering trunk of the tree and the expanding crown. The colors used represent the bark of the tree, the colour on the underside of the bark, the earth below, the new spring leaves, the mature leaves, the dark shadows and blue sky.

Apr 27
Arbor Day

Rowanberry

In Scotland the rowan tree’s berries are red whereas in Asia there are some species where the berries are a golden yellow. The tree is famed for its hardiness and ability to survive in the mountains as well as its long and interesting history and mythology. In Scotland it is called rudha-an, meaning 'red one'.

Apr 30
Rowan Tree Day (Beltane)

Maples in September

Many maples have bright autumn foliage, and many countries have leaf-watching traditions. In Japan, the custom of viewing the changing colour of maples in the autumn is called "momijigari".

Sep 23
Autumn Leaves Day (Fall Equinox)

Crabapple

This beautiful tartan, designed by Carol A.L. Martin, was inspired by her own flowering apple and crabapple trees. ​

Sep 26
Johnny Appleseed Day

Maples

Oct 14
Autumn Leaves Day

Apple Tree

This tartan, by designer Carol A.L. Martin, was inspired by her young apple tree's first yield of fruit.

Oct 21
Apple Day

Evergreen

Most species of conifers (e.g., hemlock, blue spruce, red cedar, and white/scots/jack pine) are evergreens. The Latin binomial term sempervirens (literally, "always green") refers to the evergreen nature of the plant.

Dec 19
Evergreen Day

Almond Tree in Flower

Native to the Mediterranean climate region of the Middle East, the almond was spread by humans in ancient times along the shores of the Mediterranean into northern Africa and southern Europe, and more recently transported to other parts of the world, notably California, United States.

Feb 16
Almond Day

Apple Blossoms

Apr 11
Apple Blossom Days

Ginkgo Leaves

Ginkgo biloba (also spelled gingko) and also known as the maidenhair tree, is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others being extinct. Native to China, it is one of the best-known examples of a living fossil - the sole survivor of an ancient group of trees older than the dinosaurs.

Apr 12
Blooming of Gingko Trees

Angel Oak

Angel Oak is a Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston, South Carolina. The tree is estimated to be 400-500 years old.

Apr 27
Arbor Day

White Birch

Birch flowers are pollinated by the wind, and hundreds of seeds are produced by each catkin. These rely on the wind once more for their dispersal. A large birch tree may produce up to a million seeds each year, though only a small fraction of these will germinate. ​

Apr 27
Arbor Day

Rowan Tree on Islay

A Rowan Tree on Islay, in the inner Hebrides. In the British Isles the rowan has a long and still popular history in folklore as a tree which protects against witchcraft and enchantment.

Apr 30
Rowan Tree Day (Beltane)

Japanese Maples

The Acer saccharum Sugar Maple trees are a major contributor to seasonal fall tourism in North America, particularly in Central Ontario, Québec, and the northern tier of the United States including Wisconsin, Michigan, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts.

Sep 23
Autumn Leaves Day (Fall Equinox)

Crabapple blossoms

The small, tart crabapples are rich in pectin and in the early years of the settling of North America, primarily to make hard cider and applejack.

Sep 26
Johnny Appleseed Day

Maple Leaves

Oct 14
Autumn Leaves Day

Red Delicious

Apple traditions date back to the Roman invasion of Britain, when Roman customs and beliefs about the apple as a symbol of fertility were merged with similar Celtic festivals and beliefs and became integrated into harvest festival games. Young unmarried people would try to bite into an apple floating in water or hanging from a string - the first person to bite into the apple would be the next one predicted to marry.

Oct 21
Apple Day

Scots Pine and Pollen

Scots pine (pinus sylvestris) is the most widely distributed conifer worldwide. It can be found as far north as the Arctic Circle, as far east as Siberia and as far south as Spain. The oldest pine in Scotland is located in Glen Loyne in Inverness-shire and is estimated to be more than 550 years old. Photo by Gavin MacRae

Dec 19
Evergreen Day