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Sign: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Discovery Tree Walk - Monterey Cypress

Givat Ram, Jerusalem, Israel
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On the sign:
ברוש גדול-פרי
Cupressus macrocarpa

תפוצה טבעית: מונטריי, קליפורניה, ארה"ב

בעבר כיסה עץ זה שטח גדול של אמריקה הצפונית. כיום הוא מכסה רק כ-10 ק"מ רבועים על חוף האוקינוס השקט. האקלים בישראל מתאים לעץ זה וכאן הוא גבוה יותר מאשר במקום תפוצתו הטבעי. שים לב לפיתולי הגזע שסיבתם אינה ברורה.

[הפאה השנייה של הקוביה]
[The second face of the cube]

Monterey Cypress
Cupressus macrocarpa

Natural range: Monterey, California, USA

Though once covering much of North America, now this tree’s natural range is just 10 square km of Pacific Ocean beachfront. In Israel’s climate, it grows taller than in its natural range. Notice the twisted trunk; function unknown.

[הפאה השלישית של הקוביה]
[The third face of the cube]
מעך חתיכה קטנה של עלים באצבעות. האם ריח מוכר לך?

[a question]
Can you detect s familiar aroma by crushing in your fingers a tiny bit of leaf from this tree?

[הפאה הרביעית של הקוביה]
[The fourth face of the cube]
[התשובה לשאלה]
יש המגדירים את ריחם של עלים אלו כ"לימוני". עצי מחט משתמשים בחומרים כימיים (עם ריחות שונים) כדי להתגונן בפני חרקים ופטריות.

[The Answer to the question]
Many people call the aroma of these leaves "lemony". Different conifers (cone-bearing trees) have different aromas, caused by chemicals the tree uses to protect itself from insects and fungi.
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Tree No. 32 in the Mac and Tibby Podel Discovery Tree Walk, located on the Edmond J. Safra Campus of the Hebrew University of Givat Ram.

Each tree is accompanied by a cube with details on the tree. On the top of which is the text:
Mac and Tibby Podel Discovery Tree Walk Click for a larger image

In the next picture taken from one of the trees on the route, you can see the way the sign is placed (a cube standing on a metal pillar) and the tree to which it points Click for a larger image

The tree to which the cube points was photographed that day Click for a larger image

The rest of the cube faces:
The second face Click for a larger image
The third face Click for a larger image
The fourth face Click for a larger image

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