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Completely Arbortrary

Completely Arbortrary

By Casey Clapp & Alex Crowson
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
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Wilsonville Bee Kill (Littleleaf Linden)
This week we review the littleleaf linden (Tilia cordata), a European forest dweller with a heart of gold. We discuss how its generosity is a double-edged sword, and how the delicate web of its ecosystem was abused by humans at the cost of 50,000 precious lives. Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp Artwork - Jillian Barthold  Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals Join the Cone of the Month Club patreon.com/arbortrarypod Find additional reading at arbortrarypod.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
55:13
September 16, 2021
The Widowmaker (Coulter Pine)
The tree that’ll kill you back, the Coulter pine (Pinus coulteri) is our topic this week, and we bring in special guest Tobin Mitnik, a Jew who loves trees, to get his hot take on this giant coned conifer. Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp Artwork - Jillian Barthold  Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals Join the Cone of the Month Club patreon.com/arbortrarypod Find additional reading at arbortrarypod.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:08:34
September 9, 2021
Old, But Still Lit (Bristlecone Pine)
A god of a tree, blessed with near immortality, this week we discuss the bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva), who from its high mountain home has diligently recorded a ring every year for millennia. Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp Artwork - Jillian Barthold Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals Join the Cone of the Month Club patreon.com/arbortrarypod Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
59:16
September 2, 2021
The Return of the King (American Chestnut)
A true tale of love and loss, the American chestnut (Castanea dentata) is this week’s subject and we discuss its renown, majesty, and stature, and ultimately its untimely demise.  Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp Artwork - Jillian Barthold  Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals Join the Cone of the Month Club patreon.com/arbortrarypod Find additional reading at arbortrarypod.com Get some arbortrary merch at arbortrarypod.com/merch Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:01:29
August 26, 2021
The Milkshake Analogy (Western Red Cedar)
The western redcedar and all its glory today, along with our first interview (!) with Sam Stewart, a guitar craftsman and musician who tells us all ‘bout how wood is used in guitars. Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp Artwork - Jillian Barthold  Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals Join the Cone of the Month Club patreon.com/arbortrarypod Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:08:20
August 19, 2021
Nurse! (Western Hemlock)
Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp Artwork - Jillian Barthold  Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals Join the Cone of the Month Club patreon.com/arbortrarypod Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com Find merch at completelyarbortrary.com/merch Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:05:06
August 12, 2021
Tree of Hell (Tree of Heaven)
INVASION! In this episode we discuss the morality of tree invasiveness, and find ourselves debating the question: who’s invading whom? Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp Artwork - Jillian Barthold Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals Join the Cone of the Month Club patreon.com/arbortrarypod Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:07:22
August 5, 2021
Ulmus De Niro (American Elm)
An American legend whose time was cut too short, this week we discuss the American elm and its momentous rise and historic fall in the mean city streets across North America. But, we learn an important lesson that feels all too true across the board. Completely Arbortrary is produced by Alex Crowson and Casey Clapp Artwork - Jillian Barthold Music - Aves & The Mini Vandals Join the Cone of the Month Club patreon.com/arbortrarypod Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:05:46
July 29, 2021
Under(dog)story (Japanese Maple)
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 Join the Cone of the Month Club patreon.com/arbortrarypop Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:04:45
July 22, 2021
iSpread (Quaking Aspen)
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 Join the Cone of the Month Club patreon.com/arbortrarypod Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:07:31
July 15, 2021
C-Men (Bradford Pear)
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 Join the Cone of the Month Club patreon.com/arbortrarypod Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:05:39
July 8, 2021
BONUS EPISODE! - Completely Arbortrary: Classic - Season 3 Trailer & "What is a Tree?"
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 Join the Cone of the Month Club patreon.com/arbortrarypod Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:12:55
July 1, 2021
Mangroves on Mangroves on Mangroves (Red Mangrove)
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 Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:02:30
June 24, 2021
Insect That's Sensitive to Scents (Mountain Ash Eucalyptus)
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 Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:00:31
June 17, 2021
Knotty Yacht (European Larch)
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 Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:04:06
June 10, 2021
You Say Tomato, I Say (Jacaranda)
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 Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:01:12
June 3, 2021
Lothlórien (Kauri)
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
49:50
May 27, 2021
The Drunken Forests (Black Spruce)
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 Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:00:47
May 20, 2021
Strangler Than Figtion (Banyan)
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 Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:03:06
May 13, 2021
God's Wood (Cedar of Lebanon)
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 Find additional reading at completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:11:26
May 6, 2021
Giravves (Umbrella Thorn)
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
01:24:07
April 29, 2021
Faerie Talk (Common Hawthorn)
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
01:24:09
April 22, 2021
Painting With Nature (Japanese Cherry)
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 at completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:12:39
April 15, 2021
Pehuén (Monkey Puzzle)
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 completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:16:58
April 8, 2021
Completely Arbortrary: World Tour!
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. 
00:41
April 1, 2021
The Perfect Flower (Southern Magnolia)
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 www.completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:24:27
March 25, 2021
Yee-Haw! (Ponderosa Pine)
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
49:58
March 18, 2021
Liquid Sunshine (Sugar Maple)
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
01:07:20
March 11, 2021
New Roots, New Shoots (Black Willow)
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 completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
01:02:23
March 4, 2021
Death by 1,000 Beetles (Lodgepole Pine)
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
49:48
February 25, 2021
Street Tree Manifesto (European Hornbeam)
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 completelyarbortrary.com Follow our Instagram @arbortrarypod
47:32
February 18, 2021
met-a-se-KOY-a glyp-to-stro-BOY-des (Dawn Redwood)
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
57:18
February 11, 2021
The Tree Before Time (Ginkgo)
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...
42:46
February 4, 2021
Jupiter's Nut! (Black Walnut)
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?...
44:11
January 28, 2021
Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Tree (Arborvitae)
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...
40:24
January 21, 2021
Squirrel Talk (Oregon White Oak)
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! 
36:24
January 14, 2021
Episode I: The Phantom Fir (Douglas-fir)
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...
35:37
January 7, 2021
Completely Arbortrary: The Trailer!
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.
00:55
December 18, 2020