Foster County Independent - The Official Newspaper for Foster County

By Joe Zeleznik
NDSU Extension Forester 

Dakota Gardener: Birch-cicles and maple syrup


April 18, 2022

I saw a curious sight on my drive to work the other day.

A lone icicle was hanging from a branch on a maple tree. I smiled and chuckled briefly when I saw that large, solitary crystal of frozen water.

Conditions have to be just right to produce an icicle on a tree. Sap must leak out of a wound in the branch, but the air temperature has to be cold enough to freeze that sap before it drips to the...

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