Trees

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

Click any picture to navigate to the page of interest for more information about this tartan or its associated day.

Flowering Almond

Feb 16
Almond Day

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

Apple Blossom

Apr 11
Apple Blossom Days

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

Gingko

Apr 12
Blooming of Gingko Trees

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." ​

Oaks

Apr 24
Arbor Day

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

White Birch

Apr 24
Arbor Day

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.

Rowanberry

Apr 30
Rowan Tree Day (Beltane Eve)

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'.

Maples in September

Sep 22
Autumn Leaves Day (Fall Equinox)

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".

Crabapple

Sep 26
Johnny Appleseed Day

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

Maples

Oct 14
Autumn Leaves Day

Apple Tree

Oct 21
Apple Day

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

Pinecone

Dec 8
Christmas Tree Day

Evergreen

Dec 19
Evergreen Day

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.

Almond Tree in Flower

Feb 16
Almond Day

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.

Apple Blossoms

Apr 11
Apple Blossom Days

Ginkgo Leaves

Apr 12
Blooming of Gingko Trees

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.

Oak Shadows

Apr 24
Arbor Day

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.

White Birch

Apr 24
Arbor Day

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. ​

Rowan Tree on Islay

Apr 30
Rowan Tree Day (Beltane Eve)

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.

Japanese Maples

Sep 22
Autumn Leaves Day (Fall Equinox)

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.

Crabapple blossoms

Sep 26
Johnny Appleseed Day

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.

Maple Leaves

Oct 14
Autumn Leaves Day

Red Delicious

Oct 21
Apple Day

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.

Pinecones

Dec 8
Christmas Tree Day

Scots Pine and Pollen

Dec 19
Evergreen Day

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

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