Thursday, July 30, 2015

Red Car Property: Little Black Walnut Tree At Corralitas Keeps Coming Back

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 27, 2015. Earlier this month, brush clearance contractors once again whacked this formerly 3' tall California Black Walnut down to the ground. (Click on photos to enlarge.)  

It is impressive how deep even the youngest native trees must set down roots.  Usually we have to wait until the rainy season to learn if it survived another year.  However, despite the drought, nearly an inch of rain from Tropical Storm Dolores a few weeks ago, sparked a quick regrowth.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 27, 2015.  The little walnut tree has been attempting to grow in the shadow of the much larger tree at the Corralitas entrance to the Red Car Property.   Squirrels frequent the prolific tree for walnuts.  Red Tailed Hawks watch the tree from a telephone pole or tree either on the Red Car Property or the 2 Freeway, waiting for a distracted squirrel so they can swoop in for a meal.