Completely Arbortrary

By Casey Clapp & Alex Crowson

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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. Follow us on Instagram @arbortrarypod Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/completely-arbortrary/support

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Under(dog)story (Japanese Maple)
3924

A tree that didn’t ask for the praise, but certainly earns it, this week it’s the Japanese maple and we chat about the undergods of the forest, the understory trees. Then we check in with the Fungal Associated Press.


Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves

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Jul 22, 2021
iSpread (Quaking Aspen)
4090

What is it to be a tree? What is a trees? What are a tree? The quaking aspen has it all figured out, and they (it?) have (has?) been doing it since the ice age. We talk Pando, (re)production, and bay is bae!

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Jul 15, 2021
C-Men (Bradford Pear)
3978

Is it the perfect tree, as close to ideal as possible, or is it a scourge upon the exotic soils to which it was brought?  This week we talk the infamous Bradford pear and boy does this episode stink.

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Artwork - Jillian Barthold
Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals

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Jul 08, 2021
BONUS EPISODE! - Completely Arbortrary: Classic - Season 3 Trailer & "What is a Tree?"
4414

Season 3! Completely Arbortrary: Classic

This season we're returning to format and covering some long-requested trees, and some house-favorites as well! 

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp
Artwork - Jillian Barthold
Music - Aves
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Jul 01, 2021
Mangroves on Mangroves on Mangroves (Red Mangrove)
3789

Perhaps the most cosmopolitan aquatic tree out there, this week we conclude our world tour with a trip to the waters of the tropics (any of them!) and dive into just what makes mangroves such nifty trees.

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Production Consultant - Oliviah Franke

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - The Mini Vandals

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Jun 24, 2021
Insect That's Sensitive to Scents (Mountain Ash Eucalyptus)
3670

G’day and welcome to the penultimate installation of our Spring ‘21 collection wherein we of course are covering the famous Australian giant, the mountain-ash eucalyptus.  The tallest growing angiosperm in the world, and a tree that can fight off nearly everything, this week we discuss the fabulous way eucalyptus trees use chemical defenses to ward off unwanted nibblers...and how some of those nibblers have used that to their advantage.

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Production Consultant - Oliviah Franke

Artwork - Jillian Barthold

Music - The Mini Vandals

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Jun 17, 2021
Knotty Yacht (European Larch)
3886

This week we're discussing the gorgeous and unique European larch (Larix decidua), and we discuss its proclivity for tapping into a wide-reaching fungal network, and fungal networks at large! Then we return... to the Cone Zone 🌌

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Production Consultant - Oliviah Franke
Artwork - Jillian Barthold
Music - The Mini Vandals

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Jun 10, 2021
You Say Tomato, I Say (Jacaranda)
3711

A cosmopolitan tree to say the least, this week we discuss the gorgeous jacaranda tree from south central South America.  Dappled shade, incomparable violet blooms, and an attitude to match, we take another look at how urban trees affect us and why it may be a good idea to plant a lot more.

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Production Consultant - Oliviah Franke
Artwork - Jillian Barthold
Music - The Mini Vandals

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Jun 03, 2021
Lothlórien (Kauri)
3029

When a tree is clearly a god, we don’t question it. This week we head to the northern tip of the North Island of New Zealand and revel in the divinity of the kauris, the towering forest giants who are only outmatched in size by the sequoias and redwoods half a world away. Then we take another kid listener question. Alex is tired!

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

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May 27, 2021
The Drunken Forests (Black Spruce)
3686

Permafrost! Phototropism! Thigmomorphogenesis! Big terms with big ideas abound in this boreal episode of Completely Arbortrary, as we trek through the frozen woods of Canada to find the battered and bendy black spruce. We even premiere a brand new segment featuring you, our Fungal Associates. Let’s get tipsy!

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Production Consultant - Oliviah Franke
Artwork - Jillian Barthold
Music - The Mini Vandals

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May 20, 2021
Strangler Than Figtion (Banyan)
3826

Q: A killer, a nursemaid, and a fruit peddler walk into a bar. The barkeep says, “Table for one?” How is this possible? A: The Banyan tree. This week, we have a BIG episode talking about India’s own Banyan tree, and all the hats it wears.

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Production Consultant - Oliviah Franke
Artwork - Jillian Barthold
Music - The Mini Vandals

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Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod

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May 13, 2021
God's Wood (Cedar of Lebanon)
4325

The tree that helped forge the civilizations of the Mediterranian, and maybe built the mythical Ark, this  week we head to the Mountains of Turkey and Lebanon to discuss the Cedar of Lebanon. Join us to hear about this true cedar and its outsized impact on our world.

Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp

Production Consultant - Oliviah Franke
Artwork - Jillian Barthold
Music - The Mini Vandals

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May 06, 2021
Giravves (Umbrella Thorn)
5086
Do giraffes make trees taller, or the trees make giraffes’ necks longer?  This week, we cover the iconic umbrella thorn tree (Vachellia tortilis) of the African savannahs and talk about how evolution may or may not work. 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 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/completely-arbortrary/support
Apr 29, 2021
Faerie Talk (Common Hawthorn)
5088
A portal to other worlds, the home of faeries, or the flower that sparks a little twinkle in your eye, the common hawthorn is a tree that is as understated as it is revered. This spring bloomer is planted all over the world as a street tree, and grows commonly in the forests and hedgerows of Europe and the UK. Ushering in the season of productivity and all the fun of warming weather, this is surely a tree that has earned its reputations and representations, for good or evil. 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 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/completely-arbortrary/support
Apr 22, 2021
Painting With Nature (Japanese Cherry)
4398

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

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Apr 15, 2021
Pehuén (Monkey Puzzle)
4657

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

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Apr 08, 2021
Completely Arbortrary: World Tour!
41
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
Apr 01, 2021
The Perfect Flower (Southern Magnolia)
5106

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 - The Mini Vandals

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Mar 25, 2021
Yee-Haw! (Ponderosa Pine)
3037

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 - Jillian Barthold
Music - The Mini Vandals
Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com
Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod

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Mar 18, 2021
Liquid Sunshine (Sugar Maple)
4079

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

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Mar 11, 2021
New Roots, New Shoots (Black Willow)
3782

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

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Mar 04, 2021
Death by 1,000 Beetles (Lodgepole Pine)
3027

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

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Feb 25, 2021
Street Tree Manifesto (European Hornbeam)
2891

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

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Feb 18, 2021
met-a-se-KOY-a glyp-to-stro-BOY-des (Dawn Redwood)
3478

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

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Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod

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Feb 11, 2021
The Tree Before Time (Ginkgo)
2605
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... --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/completely-arbortrary/support
Feb 04, 2021
Jupiter's Nut! (Black Walnut)
2690
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?... --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/completely-arbortrary/support
Jan 28, 2021
Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Tree (Arborvitae)
2464
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... --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/completely-arbortrary/support
Jan 21, 2021
Squirrel Talk (Oregon White Oak)
2223

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! 

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Jan 14, 2021
Episode I: The Phantom Fir (Douglas-fir)
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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... --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/completely-arbortrary/support
Jan 07, 2021
Completely Arbortrary: The Trailer!
55
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
Dec 18, 2020