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Dropping with the drought

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Fallen leaves and fruit of Juniperus ashei.

The most common native tree in many of the hilly parts of Austin is the Ashe juniper, Juniperus ashei, colloquially called cedar. Perhaps a dozen of these trees inhabit my yard, and in dry spells they shed some of their scaly leaves, which join the female trees’ previously shed grayish-purple fruits on the ground. Together the fallen leaves and fruits are dense enough in places to form an opaque blanket, as this picture taken yesterday morning confirms.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

(Check the USDA website for more information about Juniperus ashei, including a clickable map showing where the species grows.)

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 21, 2011 at 5:20 AM

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