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Sign: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Discovery Tree Walk - Eastern Red Cedar

Givat Ram, Jerusalem, Israel
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On the sign:
ערער וורגיני
Juniperus virginiana

תפוצה טבעית: מזרח ומרכז ארה”ב

העץ שייך למשפחת הברושיים. לעץ ריח אופייני הדוחה חרקים. בגלל תכונה זו משתמשים בו בעיקר לציפוי ארונות בגדים.

[הפאה השנייה של הקוביה]
[The second face of the cube]
Eastern Red Cedar (Virginia Juniper)
Juniperus virginiana

Natural range: Eastern and Central USA

Not actually a cedar, this American tree belongs to the cypress family. (All cedars, scientifically named Cedrus, are eastern hemisphere natives - trees 16 Click for sign's details,17 Click for sign's details,18 Click for sign's details.) This tree’s aromatic chemicals repel insects. This repellant wood is often used for "cedar" closets and chests.

[הפאה השלישית של הקוביה]
[The third face of the cube]
במיוחד בחודשים אוגוסט - ספטמבר אפשר לראות מעין תותים כחולים על ענפי העץ (הם משמשים לתעשית הויסקי-ג’ין), אך אלו אינם פירות אמיתיים מדוע?

[a question]
Especially in August or September, you may see a few of this species’ blue "berries" on the branches. (They are fermented to produce gin whiskey.) They are not actually fruits. Why not?

[הפאה הרביעית של הקוביה]
[The fourth face of the cube]
[התשובה לשאלה]
"הפירות" הכחולים הנראים על עץ מחט זה גדלים מאיצטרובלים קטנטנים. פירות אמיתיים מתפתחים רק מפרחים ולכן לא יכולים לגדול בעצים ללא פריחה כמו עץ זה. כלומר, אין כאן פירות.

[The Answer to the question]
The blue "berries" seen on this conifer tree develop from its tiny cones. Fruits always develop from flowers, and thus could not grow on non- flowering trees such as this one. Therefore, these berries are not fruits.
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Tree No. 38 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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