Category Archives: Trees

Dwarf Juniper

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Juniperus communis can be an erect tree, a waist-high shrub or a prostrate shrub in form. Depending on the growth pattern, some taxonomists separate this species into subspecies. Others simply classify all the forms as J communis, as I will … Continue reading

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Utah Juniper

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Utah junipers (Juniperus osteosperma) are short, single-stemmed (usually), erect trees with large, rough branches and a full, rounded crown. They are found in montane coniferous woodlands and forests throughout the Great Basin. Their habitat is dry, rocky, shallow soils between … Continue reading

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Great Basin Bristlecone

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Leonard and I just returned from a week exploring Great Basin National Park and other historical, geological and botanical sites along Nevada Highway 50. For me, one of the highlights of the trip was hiking to the Great Basin Bristlecone … Continue reading

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Knobcone Pine

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Knobcone pines (Pinus attenuata) are rather short-lived with a life-span averaging about 60 years. A small tree, this native species varies in form and size depending whether it grows in an exposed or sheltered area. In extremely poor sites it … Continue reading

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Giant Sequoia Continued

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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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Giant Sequoia

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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 Oak

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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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