Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Red Car Property: Documenting One Formerly Beautiful Native Tree For 16 Years

Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 21, 2016.  Earlier this year, the protected native Black Walnut across from the Adelbert cut-through was putting out lots of new growth close to the trunk and large branches.  We've used this one tree to illustrate the effects of the prolonged drought on even trees that evolved with our drought/deluge hillside ecosystem. (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, October 2, 2016.  Unfortunately, when the Riverside Drive developers' tree butchers trimmed trees on the Red Car Property, they cut all the new growth from the Black Walnut Tree.  Let's hope they practiced safe horticulture, cleaning the equipment between trees, or they've just spread whatever insect, disease and mold that is killing multiple species of trees on the north end of the property for the past few years.

Compare the photos: 
November 2000 - July 2015
July 2015
September - November 2015 
November - December 2015 
February 26, 2016
May - September 2016