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Carolina Snailseed Cocculus carolinus

Observer

baldeagle

Date

January 25, 2020 09:43 AM CST

Description

The evergreen in these photos is a male Ilex vomitoria. The snailseed vine is leafless this time of year.

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American Beautyberry Callicarpa americana

Observer

baldeagle

Date

January 25, 2020 10:04 AM CST

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Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

January 4, 2020 11:26 AM CST

Description

Girdled 11/13/19. Notice that woundwood is just now beginning to appear between the sapwood and the bark of the largest cut trunk. In other words, the tree was reduced in size much nearer to its girdling than I had previously thought. It looks as if one-third to one-half the original canopy was removed. As a result, this tree’s root system can supply much more water than the current canopy demands—water that will be available to the new shoots now forming below its girdles. With that water, those shoots will be able to carry out photosynthesis, so they will be able to meet their own demand for sugar and supply more to the root system, keeping it alive. I expect to see many vigorous basal sprouts form on this tree in the coming months.

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Beargrass Nolina texana

Observer

baldeagle

Date

January 3, 2020 08:54 AM CST

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Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 24, 2019 02:21 PM CST

Description

Girdled 12/7/19

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Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 24, 2019 02:21 PM CST

Description

Girdled 12/7/19

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Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 24, 2019 02:21 PM CST

Description

Girdled 12/7/19

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What

Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 24, 2019 04:41 PM CST

Description

Recently girdled. Smallest stems are withering. Rest of plant looks fine. Taller than a utility pole. Half of the tree’s original canopy was removed earlier this year to make room for that pole.

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What

Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 19, 2019 01:51 PM CST

Description

This cluster of 9 glossy privets on the right bank of Walnut Creek would make a morning’s work for a crew of 3 or 4.

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What

Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 19, 2019 02:00 PM CST

Description

Looking at its crisp brown leaves and dead basal sprouts you would think this tree is dead. And it might well be. But note the exposed inner bark: above the girdle, it’s green, with live phloem beneath. But below the girdle, it’s dead—dry and brown. I wonder—is the root system also dead? The outer tissue above the girdle is a year younger than the outer tissue below the girdle. Is it possible that the tissue above the girdle is alive but not connected?

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What

Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum rufidulum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 19, 2019 03:03 PM CST

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What

Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 19, 2019 03:26 PM CST

Description

At the edge of our study area. Photos 2 and 3 show a typical range of size for the leaves of this species.

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What

Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum rufidulum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 19, 2019 03:19 PM CST

Description

People have asked what birds would eat if we remove all the glossy privet. Now that it’s out of the shadow of several privets, this clump of rusty blackhaw viburnum will grow larger and provide quite a few berries.

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What

Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum rufidulum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 19, 2019 03:22 PM CST

Description

This seedling was having to compete with dozens of glossy privet saplings. They’re history now.

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What

Saw Greenbrier Smilax bona-nox

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 19, 2019 03:22 PM CST

Description

A mere seedling, this plant was having to compete with dozens of glossy privet saplings. They’re history now.

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What

Possumhaw Ilex decidua

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 19, 2019 03:23 PM CST

Description

This seedling was having to compete with dozens of glossy privet saplings. They’re history now.

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What

Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 19, 2019 03:42 PM CST

Description

Could be uprooted if we act fast.

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What

Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 19, 2019 03:48 PM CST

Description

Virtually every privet you girdle will produce basal sprouts—in other words, new shoots emanating from below the girdle. Tempting as it is to strip them off as soon as you see them, I prefer to leave them on. If the girdling works, they will die before the rest of the tree. On this tree, girdled 10 months earlier (2/16/19), they’re still green. On other trees girdled the same day, they’re all dead. Skimming the woods from the trail, I could immediately tell that I needed to follow up on this tree, but the others are OK. Closer inspection shows that bridging tissue had been left in the girdle on three of this small tree’s trunks. To kill this tree, I need to remove that bridging tissue or girdle those trunks again. I will do whichever one turns out to be easier.

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What

Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 19, 2019 03:45 PM CST

Description

The tree at the right side of the wider view. Girdled January 2019.

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What

Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 19, 2019 03:45 PM CST

Description

The yellowing tree in the view of the woods. Girdled fall 2019.

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What

Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 19, 2019 03:44 PM CST

Description

Girdled in first quarter of 2019.

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What

Heavenly Bamboo Nandina domestica

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 7, 2019 01:14 PM CST

Description

One of many in this greenbelt, which drains to Bull Creek.

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What

Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 7, 2019 01:13 PM CST

Description

One of many in this greenbelt, which drains to Bull Creek.

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What

Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 7, 2019 01:38 PM CST

Description

One of many monster-sized ligustrums in the greenbelt either maintained by or adjacent to this development. Other large invasives found at this upstream end of a tributary of Bull Creek are chinaberries and Chinese tallows. In fact, two large Chinese tallows are just outside the left edge of this photo. My wife was in a hurry, so you’ll have to take my word for it. 😏

It would be good for adopters of Bull Creek to work with the property owners to bring these invasives under control so the natives can return to dominance.

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What

Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 7, 2019 10:00 AM CST

Description

Not the Ashe juniper, but the smaller multitrunked tree to its left. This ligustrum is one of the closest to the service drive leading up to the pool. Not the greatest picture, but I’m mainly interested in documenting the position.

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What

Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 7, 2019 10:00 AM CST

Description

This ligustrum—the tree in front of the Ashe juniper—is one of the closest to the service drive leading up to the pool. In other words, there are no ligustrums the size of young trees beyond this. There are also few noticeable saplings or seedlings beyond here, and they peter out quickly.

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Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 7, 2019 10:02 AM CST

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What

Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 7, 2019 10:02 AM CST

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Glossy Privet Ligustrum lucidum

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 7, 2019 10:05 AM CST

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What

Chinaberry Melia azedarach

Observer

baldeagle

Date

December 7, 2019 10:05 AM CST
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