Episodes
Kon'nichiwa! This week we jet over to Japan to discuss a gorgeous, renowned, and cultivated-like-heck tree, the Japanese cherry (Prunus serrulata). Dive deep into cultivar(ism) with us while we talk about Shinto, picnics, and painting with nature. As always, we finish the whole shebang with a listener question.  Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp Production Consultant - Oliviah Franke Artwork - Jillian Barthold Music - The Mini Vandals Find additional reading...
Published 04/15/21
The first episode of the Spring 2021 Collection: a Global Traverse.  This week we travel to the southern hemisphere to dive into what makes the monkey puzzle tree so dang interesting.  From ancient roots to endemic speciation, we chat about this relic from another time. Then we play a new game. Welcome back! Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp Production Consultant - Oliviah Franke Artwork - Jillian Barthold Music - The Mini Vandals Find additional reading at...
Published 04/08/21
It's season 2 of Completely Arbortrary! They (Alex) said we couldn't make it! This season we're globetrotting to talk about a smattering of international trees.  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/completely-arbortrary/support
Published 04/01/21
It’s the end of our first season and, to celebrate, we’re talking about a blooming beauty with a perfect flower, the Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora). Mr. Bean beetles, ancient sex organs, and one intelligent flower that knows how to get it done. Then we play a fun game about ancient Greek gods and answer a listener question. See you next season! Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp Production Consultant - Oliviah Franke Artwork - Jillian Barthold Music -...
Published 03/25/21
This week we head out west and marvel at the orange-clad giants of the pine world, the ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa). We dive into one of the most interesting weather phenomena in the world, the rain shadow effect, and chat about how seemingly unrelated patterns of geology and weather change who grows where. Then, you guessed it, we ruminate on the nature of sasquatch. Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp Production Consultant - Oliviah Franke Artwork -...
Published 03/18/21
Welcome to Vermont, sugar! This week we're charging headlong into the snowy forests of the Northeast United States to tap one of the sweetest trees in the game, the Sugar Maple! Sap, syrup and sugar... this one goes out to the sweet tooths. Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp Production Consultant - Oliviah Franke Artwork - Jillian Barthold Music - The Mini Vandals Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod ---...
Published 03/11/21
The tree that does it all. This week we dive into what makes the black willow (Salix nigra), and willows more broadly, such revered trees. From curing your dysentery or soothing an aching tooth to restoring wetlands and always putting out new roots and new shoots, this tree has something for everyone. Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp Production Consultant - Oliviah Franke Artwork - Jillian Barthold Music - The Mini Vandals Find additional reading at...
Published 03/04/21
This week we're talking about the tragic tale of the Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta). Human greed, voracious beetles, and graveyard forests... it's our most depressing episode yet!  Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp Production Consultant - Oliviah Franke Artwork - Jillian Barthold Music - The Mini Vandals Find additional reading at www.completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod --- Support this podcast:...
Published 02/25/21
This week we're taking it to the streets to discuss the European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus). Casey waxes poetic about his great interest and love for urban forests, which includes explaining to Alex what an urban forest actually is. Then we answer a question from a listener about trees and climate change.  Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp Production Consultant - Oliviah Franke Artwork - Jillian Barthold Music - The Mini Vandals Find additional reading at...
Published 02/18/21
This week we talk about a majestic tree that bucks the coniferous stereotypes, the Dawn redwood. This conquering giant took the world by storm until it went extinct… or so we thought. Following a shocking cone rating, we play another game! Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp Production Consultant - Oliviah Franke Artwork - Jillian Barthold Music - The Mini Vandals Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod ---...
Published 02/11/21
This week we talk all about a living fossil of the tree world, the Ginkgo. Barf seeds, living urns, and a special surprise as we dole out our Golden Cones of Honor. It’s a vomit-scented episode that’ll really stick with you.Completely Arbortrary is...
Published 02/04/21
A villainous tree that poisons its enemies, or a misunderstood benefactor of the forest?  This episode we talk rotten nuts, sweet nuts, and beer, and ask the question: does the black walnut deserve the disdain it has been given over the years?...
Published 01/28/21
This week we talk about the unfortunate case of the arborvitae.  Great tree, or terrible hedge?  Wait, is it a cedar?  What the hell is a cedar, anyway?  We chat about scaly leaves, the somewhat-practical application of a terrible tree, and dive into...
Published 01/21/21
In this episode, we discuss the friendly and industrious Oregon White Oak, and learn all about the will-they-won’t-they relationship between squirrels and oak trees. Even our listener question is about oaks! Non-stop oak action! Completely Arbortrary is...
Published 01/14/21
Welcome to Completely Arbortrary! In our inaugural episode, we discuss the crown jewel of the (Great) Pacific Northwest, the Douglas-fir. Then we talk about Christmas trees for too long! Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey...
Published 01/07/21
Published 12/18/20
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.  
Published 12/18/20