Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Red Car Canyon: Eucalyptus Drying Out Fast

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, July 8, 2016.  A huge Eucalyptus tree that went down in during a storm in the 1990s and continued to grow, is not looking so good a month after the June 19, 2016, Silver Lake Fire
Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 20, 2016.  One day after the fire it was a little toasted but still had a lot of green on it.  

We've seen the same pattern with all the trees either in or very close to the fire.  It is as if they've suffered burns from the extreme heat, and a month later they're dropping their leaves.  Yet, at the same time they're sprouting new growth and even flowers.  

Native trees are drought/fire/deluge adapted, but I've not researched the non-natives.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, January 3, 2003.  It's easy to forget just how big the trees are when no one is in the pictures.  Considering how long this tree has persisted in Red Car Canyon, despite its non-native status, it would be a shame to lose such a survivor.  

The kids in the 2003 photo still live in the neighborhood and are in high school and college now.