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Completely Arbortrary

Tree zealot Casey Clapp and tree agnostic Alex Crowson review and rate your favorite arboreal friends. A semi-educational, basically pleasant, and fully unnecessary romp through the annals of treedom. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/completely-arbortrary/support

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Tree zealot Casey Clapp and tree agnostic Alex Crowson review and rate your favorite arboreal friends. A semi-educational, basically pleasant, and fully unnecessary romp through the annals of treedom. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/completely-arbortrary/support

The BLM (Bigleaf Maple)

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Close your eyes and imagine a maple leaf. What is it that defines the quintessential maple leaf? Well today, we chat about the bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) and dive into how that standard image of a maple leaf is as accurate as you may think. Then we chat about the biggest news of the day with another edition of the Fungal Associated Press.

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Sep 22 2022

1hr 23mins

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AKA (Serviceberry)

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A tree that has made no enemies, a tree that doesn't rock the boat, today's tree is the Canadian serviceberry, also knowns as the shad-blow, the shadbush, the bilberry, the juneberry (Amelanchier canadensis). This episode we have a classic fireside chat about this tree that has something for everyone, and on top of that we collaborated with Amanda Spinosa on a delicious recipe to show off the fruit of this wacky little tree.

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Sep 15 2022

1hr 7mins

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BONUS EPISODE - Tree Trek: Spring Day

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Alex and Casey go on a walkabout in the Overlook neighborhood of Portland to gander at some of the city's most gorgeous arboreal specimens. 

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Sep 08 2022

1hr 4mins

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Big Time Aroma (Indian Sandalwood)

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Today's story has us wondering who's the real victim. The Indian sandalwood (Santalum album) is a tree that has been used for millennia for cultural practices across the world, but it's also a tree that has its fair share of using other organisms for its own purposes.

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Sep 01 2022

1hr 11mins

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Keystone Species (Whitebark Pine)

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The grand finale in our symbiosis 4 Act play. In this special episode of Completely Arbortrary, we discuss the much beloved Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis). We’re joined by Peri Sasnett from the Glacier National Park Headwaters podcast to discuss where these trees are and where they’re headed.

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Aug 25 2022

1hr 4mins

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Ant Talk (Trumpet Tree)

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In our penultimate episode about the topic, we explore symbiosis across kingdoms, and dive into the relationship between the trumpet tree (Cercopia obtusifolia) and its evolutionary partners, Azteca ants. Then we reveal a new game!

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Aug 18 2022

1hr 26mins

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Koyamaki (Japanese Umbrella-Pine)

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What happens when the guy who makes you pizza moves in and makes you pizza in your own kitchen--forever? Today, we get at that question and how it relates to cells in cells in cells in a tree that looks like parasols in parasols in parasols, the Japanese umbrella-pine (Sciadopitys verticillata). Buckle up.

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Aug 11 2022

1hr 10mins

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Archaeondronology (Andean Alder)

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How many characters can one introduce in one episode? Today we find out. The Andean alder (Alnus acuminata) takes us on a journey through time and space as we take on our first foray into a series dedicated to symbiosis and all its manifestations.

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Aug 04 2022

1hr 20mins

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The Suburbs (Purple Leaf Plum)

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What does the purpleleaf plum (Prunus cerasifera 'Thundercloud') represent for you?  For Casey and Alex, it's the suburbs, and boy do they despise it.  This week, we get a little snippet of American History and hear about how the suburbs came to be, and how this tree has come to represent them in the worst way.

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Jul 28 2022

59mins

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Queuña (Andean Paper Tree)

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There are more than 20 species of Polylepis shrubs and trees. At the highest altitudes (upwards of 16,000 feet, they grow as small shrubs. Lower, they can grow up 120 feet. So this forest is a bit unique, and we need to get to the bottom of it: IS it a forest? Or is it a shrubland? When does it become such?

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Jul 21 2022

1hr 12mins

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The Cult of St. Francis (Judas Tree)

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Should Man hold dominion over nature? And where did this idea come from? What got us in our current environmental mess in the first place. Today we talk the Judas Tree (Cercis siliquastrum) and tackle some BIG picture stuff too.

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Cover Photo - Zeynel Cebeci

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Jul 14 2022

1hr 15mins

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Why-Would-You-Live-There-ness (Madrone)

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A tree that truly grows its own way, the Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii) is a prolific grower and a gorgeous shower. Listen along as we discuss this curious beauty and the special place it’s found in the world.

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Jul 07 2022

1hr 12mins

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Heavy Heaven & The Infamous Air (London Planetree)

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Can a tree help you be smarter? This week we dive into that question and discuss how air pollution effects our brains, and how trees can help keep us operating at our top level. After our rating, we head LIVE to the Grand Finale of the Tournament of Champion Trees with Tobin Mitnick (@jewslovetrees).

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Jun 30 2022

1hr 30mins

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Wrongfully Scorned, Rightfully Wronged (Black Cottonwood)

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This week we have our work cut out for us. The black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa) is our tree of topic, and there's no getting around it: it's an emotional roller coaster that pulls us in every direction at once. Listen in and make your own opinions on this complicated tree, and stick around for the second round of the Tournament of Champion Trees, with Tobin Mitnik as our guest.

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Jun 23 2022

1hr 24mins

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Dagger of the Desert (Joshua Tree)

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Join us this week where the trees have no name. But this one does! It’s Joshua! Learn all about yuccas on our last of three monocotic adventures.

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Jun 16 2022

1hr 8mins

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There Be Monocots (Socotra Dragon Blood Tree)

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Our quest to further define "tree" continues with the STUNNING Socotra Dragon Blood Tree (Dracaena cinnabari). We talk all about this unique, altruistic "tree" and all the curious strategies it takes to get where it's going. Then we answer a question about tree albinoism!

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Jun 09 2022

1hr 8mins

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"Tree" (Chinese Windmill Palm)

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What exactly isn't a tree?  This week we cover the other side of the controversy coin with a discussion on the Chinese windmill palm (Trachycarpus fortunei).  We get into the thick of it and find out just what a palm is if it's not a "tree".


Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold 

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Jun 02 2022

1hr 18mins

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Trees Are The Champions, My Friends (Tuliptree)

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One of the biggest trees around, the tuliptree is an ancient species and a champion of the people. Learn all about the arbitrary intricacies of measuring Champion Trees and select who you think will make it to the end!
Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp
Artwork - Jillian Barthold
Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals
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May 26 2022

1hr 12mins

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Drupe Fruit Riot (Peach)

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The fruit that went ‘round the world, and the fruit that we both like the best, this week we are covering the peach tree (Prunus persica). However, we go one step further and Casey tries to convince Alex that it's not just the peach, but everything like a peach that reigns supreme in a world full of fruit!

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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May 19 2022

1hr 9mins

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Please Send Us Pawpaws! (Pawpaw)

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A fruit tree that has been in all the right places with all the right stuff, the pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is a folk hero among fruits.  But that's not all to the story.  This week we chat about the pawpaw and it's slow, methodical march to success from the tropics to Canada.
Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp
Artwork - Jillian Barthold
Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals
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May 12 2022

1hr 14mins

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