Floof tree is coming back! Very Excited to plant this when I found out it's a remnant from the days of mastodons. It relied on MASTODONS!
It's a Kentucky coffeetree, currently native to a few swampy river drainage areas in the Midwest.
It's got super hard seed pods whose seeds don't germinate unless they're chomped open by megafauna.
Nowadays they only germinate if they fall in wetlands that can rot the pods open. That seriously restricted their range.
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The whole tree reduces to the CUTEST stick in the winter, because each leaf is a two-foot compound bipinnate megastructure. Now each huge leaf complex is slowly unfolding and turning from golden to dark green.
The way the whole tree reduces to a few sticks, and the way it waits a really long time to unfurl its leaf-megastructures, has earned the Kentucky coffeetree its nickname "dead tree". So it's mastodon-loving AND metal.
Tree has floofed out a bit more by now.