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Cercis (continued)

Post by Don » Thu May 03, 2018 4:20 pm

I've long been attracted to redbud for its colorful addition to the woods. Last week I was fortunate enough to be traveling across Northern California's Coast Range, on Hiway 299, along the Trinity River with a stunning display of redbud, the result I believe of a wildfire in the not too distant past. Not of significant size yet...: ~ }
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Re: Cercis (continued)

Post by gnmcmartin » Fri May 04, 2018 1:17 pm

Don:

There is an amazing display of redbud along US Route 50 a few miles--maybe 6 or 10--east of Augusta, WV. It starts just before the road begins to ascend Cooper Mountain, or as it skirts the shoulder of the adjacent mtn. The road takes a fairly sharp bend to the left as you drive eastward. There is a little restaurant on the right, and then it starts. My wife and it call it "redbud lane." For what I think is more than a half mile, there is a completely continuous and solid "bank" of redbud on the right side. On the other side of the road there is a discontinuous line, sometimes more "scattered," growth of redbud. On both sides of the road, for the last 45 years, this has been increasing. They have been cut a couple of times, but not recently. Maybe the people that "manage" this have decided to let them grow.

Well, on the odd chance that you, or any NTS member, is on that section of road in mid April, or into early May, depending, expect something spectacular!

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Post by Don » Fri May 04, 2018 6:34 pm

Gaines-
Anything about the 'redbud lane' area suggest a history of fire (and would redbud in that region be considered a fire adapted species)?
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Post by gnmcmartin » Sat May 05, 2018 11:14 am

Don:

Not in any obvious way. The right hand side of the road, which is where the very dense, continuous "bank" of redbuds grows, is under a power line, where the growth has been cut back twice in the last 50 years. Before that, there may have been herbicide treatments. Before Europeans settled this land, the Native Americans did sometimes burn the woods to enhance game populations and hunting opportunities, and historically, this may have contributed to the reproduction of redbud.

The most favorable environments for redbud seem to me to be woodland edges, and that is the case with "redbud lane." Redbud also seems to be, at lest partially, a "pioneer" species, but it does not aggressively populate open fields. In the case of "redbud lane" reproduction may be enhanced by the proximity of the road, which can help the spread of seed, not only up and down the road, but possibly also across.

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Post by mdvaden » Sat May 05, 2018 5:16 pm

I was wondering if those lovely flowers I saw in Nor Cal might be Cercis. When I took our son down for USMC training, I photographed him next to a few of them and noted how the flower color is one of the less common among shrubs and trees in the wild.
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Post by eliahd24 » Tue May 08, 2018 7:29 am

For what it's worth, I've measured Cercis canadensis to 60' in Fernbank Forest here in Atlanta, GA. Such a lovely species. I suspect there's some outliers in the 70'+ range... may Jess or Will have found them!

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Post by tsharp » Tue May 15, 2018 10:57 pm

Don:
I believe Redbud (Cercis canadensis) in West Virginia readily comes in on bare ground if a seed source is close . Some of the best displays are along highways on cut banks. Although the California Redbud is a different species it may favor similar situations.

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