Climbing up to the top of the tree, I could see a large number of leaves, which were all green. They had been covered with snow during winter months. These are called “dwarf” leaves because they have fewer leaflets than normal leaves. The leaf size varies from one species to another depending on their growth habit and environmental conditions. Some varieties grow small and wiry while others grow much larger and thicker, making them ideal for shade trees such as these.

The trunk was thick and sturdy, but not overly so. It seemed to be made out of wood rather than stone or metal. Its surface was smooth and it looked like it might even crack if you tried to tap on it too hard. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tree look like this before!

I guess the most interesting thing about this tree is its age. It’s probably at least 200 years old. I suppose that makes it a survivor, since most trees aren’t around that long.

It looks like there are several branches coming off the main trunk, but they’re not very high up yet. There must be something holding them back from the ground level.

If you were going to climb up here yourself, would you want to do it?

It looks pretty high up there!

Our tree expert says that this tree is officially called the “Shidare-Mochi”, and it’s a kind of maple.

So, how do you like that?

This is an interesting tree that grows just outside of Kyoto, Japan. Somehow it was transplanted here to the arboretum. From what I can figure out from the sign, it must have been dug up and brought here during the 19th century.

You can learn more about new trees when you click this photo and follow the links to the Arbor Day Foundation’s website.

It was exciting when I saw this tree because it was so different from the other trees around it! The leaves are a really pretty purple color and they are much larger than normal. Most of the leaves have fallen on the ground creating a nice blanket over the earth.

This isn’t a very tall tree, but it’s pretty wide. The trunk is covered with gray and white stripes. I’ve never seen a stripey tree before!

When I was a kid I remember planting some seeds in little cups. This tree reminds of those seeds because it’s so small and the branches are close to the ground. It’s like it’s not quite sure if it wants to be a tree yet!

This tree has a very dense crown. The branches are almost “in your face”. It looks like you could almost crawl right inside the trunk!

It’s always great to see a new type of tree, especially when it’s as interesting as this one. We’ve planted some of these on the hill in our backyard. I should go out there sometime and see how they’re doing!

This tree has a strong, straight trunk. It almost looks like it could be made into a column!

I didn’t know there were trees that looked like these in nature. It’s like an alien from outer space!

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The lower portion of this tree has a really wide base, almost like a big ball. The branches come off the trunk at an angle and go out rather far from the sides of the tree.

There are big holes in the main trunk of this tree.

I wonder if something ate part of it or if it’s just a genetic thing?

The lower portion of this tree starts out big and then tapers down. The top is more pointy than the bottom.

This is a very striking looking tree. It’s almost like someone drew it with a pencil!

This tree has such beautiful, long branches. It looks so smooth and elegant!

The leaves on this tree are so big! And they almost make a “V” shape at the top of the stem.

It’s pretty amazing that all these trees have managed to survive despite all the obstacles around them. I guess it just goes to show that they have a will to live and the desire to survive no matter what happens around them.

There is so much graffiti on these trees. It’s unbelievable! Every tree in this area has something written on it. That’s a lot of potential bird-crap!

Hello everyone! It’s me, Forrest! Today I’m outside in the arboretum. It’s a really neat place with lots of trees around which is perfect for me since that’s my favorite place to be.

Some of these trees are really tall and they all look like they came from different places. That lady there says that it’s a collection of trees from all over the world!

How cool is that?

I wanted to take a picture of all the different trees from this angle, but I can’t get all of them in the picture. There are too many! Maybe if I come back again on another day I can get a picture that shows all of the trees.

The lady there said I could go inside the arboretum if I want. She said it’s okay, but I don’t think I want to. It seems like it would be really hard to take care of all these trees since there’s a lot of them. I don’t think I could do a good enough job, which makes me sad because I really want to go inside!

There are a lot of buildings around here too. There’s one that looks like a really big house, but with a pointy roof. There’s another big building made out of stone and it has a round area in the middle with grass and flowers. There’s also a really tall tower with lots of windows all around it.

I don’t know why, but I have a feeling that if I come back here again tomorrow, then this place will be different somehow. I can’t explain it, but I feel it in my bones! Maybe the trees will look different, or maybe there will be more buildings. I think there are people that work here, so maybe they’ll be here to take care of everything.

I can’t wait to see what the place looks like tomorrow! Wish me luck!

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Be sure to check out the pictures below for a better look at the arboretum.

You’ve reached the arboretum! Now you just have to find a way inside.

Is that light coming from the door at the bottom of the stairs?

You hurry down the stairs and to the door. It’s open just a crack, so you push it open and…

Whoa! This place is huge!

This place has to be even bigger than your school! You’re not even sure what to call this room. It’s not really a gym, but there’s a basketball court sized space with a wooden floor and hoops set up at both ends. It’s almost as big as the school gym and it’s empty!

There are bleachers that go along the sides of the room.

A row of doors that run along the far wall look like they lead to locker rooms.

Maybe this place is some sort of sports arena?

You’ve never seen one this big before though.

The only thing in this room aside from the basketball courts and bleachers are a long set of glass cases against the wall opposite the door. They’re all enclosed with brass gratings and behind the glass are a bunch of trophies and medals in all different shapes and sizes.

Those must be really old because you’ve never seen any of the teams that are on the trophies and medallions before. Some of them don’t even look like they’re from this country. Every now and then you come across one with the image of a guy in armor on it and a bunch of them have images of horses and knights on them.

You’ve seen enough trophies in the newspaper that you have a general idea of what they’re for, but you’re really not sure about the medals. They don’t seem as big or flashy as the trophies and they have all kinds of different images on them. Maybe they’re from different countries since you see a lot of strange symbols on them.

You hear the door open at the top of the stairs and hurry up to go see who it is. You get to the top of the stairs and peek around the corner. You don’t see anyone, so you head back over to the double doors that presumably lead into the arboretum now.

A long counter stretches across the entrance and there aren’t any doors in sight. It looks like the place for a ticket collector to stand, but there is no one there and the gates are open. Beyond the gates is a gravel path that leads away from the building.

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You start to head out into the arboretum, but stop short when you realize you don’t know where to go from here.

You could head back outside and explore the buildings and look for a way inside one of them, or you could follow the gravel path and see where it leads.

Either way, you’re on your own…

NOTE: If you want to see the different options for advancing to the next day, press continue. If you want to restart the day, press decline and the map will reappear so you can make a different choice.

NOTE: Once you’ve chosen to advance to a new day, you can never go back to achieve an earlier day or to see the images you’ve unlocked during that day.

NOTE: Choosing to advance to the next day does not save your game. You must specify a name when you start a new game for it to be saved.

NOTE: All images are linked and will take you to the specific day.

NOTE: Don’t try to cheat and search for the word “continue” to get to the next day. Each day is a link, but only appears after you’ve reached that day.

NOTE: The “Special Things” link will only appear after you’ve found that special thing on that specific day.

NOTE: If you’ve reached a dead end and are stuck, press decline and begin again. Then check the day you’re stuck on and see if there is anything you may have missed.

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NOTE: Remember, all images are linked and will take you directly to that day.

NOTE: Most images have been taken at a width of 800px, so if you’re on a smaller screen, you may not see everything I have hidden in each image.

NOTE: There are several choices along the way that allow you to pick a path and reach different results. This walkthrough demonstrates only ONE of those paths. There are others, but this is the one I took to unlock all the images.

NOTE: There are 3 secret items to find during the game. One is a turtle, one is a frog and one is a snake. Finding all 3 will give you a bonus ending in addition to another secret image.

NOTE: This walkthrough was written while playing with sound and may refer to background sounds that are not mentioned in the text if you have your sound off.

NOTE: Be patient while some of the larger images load.

Sources & references used in this article:

Japanese maple plant named’King’s Blood’ by P Gregory, JD Vertrees – 2010 – Timber Press

Selected maples for shade and ornamental planting by CW Davis – US Patent App. 12/283,848, 2010 – Google Patents

Native trees, shrubs, & vines: a guide to using, growing, and propagating North American woody plants by M Pennicuik – 2001 – JSTOR

Nonnative invasive plants of southern forests: a field guide for identification and control by H Armstrong – 2001 – JSTOR

Effects of tree cutting and mowing on plant species composition and diversity of the wetland ecosystems dominated by the endangered maple, Acer pycnanthum by RE Weaver – Arnoldia, 1976 – JSTOR

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