Spring in the Barton Creek Greenbelt

Spring in the Barton Creek Greenbelt

Live Oak (Quercus virginiana)

It’s spring in the Barton Creek greenbelt and I can’t help but notice the intense green of the new leaves on all the trees.

The live oaks have traded their old leaves for new, and although they’re a grayish rather than bright green they’re currently flowering and covering everything with pollen. Next will be the worms. With any luck they’ll be sparse like last year.

Spring in the Barton Creek Greenbelt

Spanish or Texas Red Oak (Quercus buckleyi)

The red (Spanish) oak just off the back deck is an especially intense green. Although I’ve seen a lot of dead red oaks in the greenbelt I think that this one may survive as it’s in the outflow from our neighborhood storm sewer and gets more water than most.

The biggest tree in the back yard is a cedar elm that hangs over the back deck. Probably not a great idea since fire is always a possibility, but it would be a big

Spring in the Barton Creek Greenbelt

Cedar Elm (Ulmus crassifolia)

loss to our back yard if it were cut down, so I think we’ll have to live with the risk.

The last trees to leaf out in the area are usually the pecans and mesquite. There isn’t any mesquite nearby, but I was just down at Barton Springs pool yesterday and the pecans there are still bare. Once they’ve leafed out it the cold weather should be done for good.

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