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The giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron gigantea) introduced in my previous post (see “Giant Sequoia” on 08-18-19) has small cones and leaves relative to its massive size. The leaves of this evergreen are 1/8th to 1/4th of an inch long, awl or … Continue reading
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“Redwoods” first made their appearance in the Lower (or Early) Cretaceous between 146 and 100 million years ago. Of over 80 “redwood” species that have been described, all are extinct except three. The coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) inhabits the north … Continue reading
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Sadler oaks (Quercus sadleriana) are often an understory species beneath conifers but can grow on sunny, dry ridges and serpentine soils. Their range is approximately the same as the Brewer’s spruce (Picea breweriana) discussed in my previous post (07-14-19 “Brewer’s … Continue reading
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Distribution maps for Brewer’s spruce (Pices breweriana) showed a grove at Babyfoot Lake in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness southwest of Grants Pass OR (Siskiyou National Forest, Josephine County). Leonard and I were excited to finally have the opportunity to see this … Continue reading
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Continuing on the bitter cherry (Prunus emarginata) theme: The yeast-like sac fungus Taphrina confusa induces witches’ brooms on several Prunus species. Although the western choke cherry (P virginiana) and Sierra plum (P subcordata) are most often infected, Leonard and … Continue reading
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By August, red drupes have formed from the white bitter cherry (Prunus emarginata) flowers discussed in my previous post (see “Bitter Cherry” on 03-17-19). Bitter cherry fruits are very bitter and astringent. I can attest to how unpalatable these pretty … Continue reading
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Bitter cherry (Prunus emarginata) is a native shrub or small tree found from British Columbia to Baja and east into the Rocky Mountain States. The two varieties of P emarginata are distinguished, in part, by their growth form: one more … Continue reading