The forest is decked out in RED for the holidays!

picmonkey-collageHave you noticed the hints of holiday cheer on our pathways? Even the much maligned yaupon holly tree is a standout now!  The females of the species produce prolific bright red berries that contribute to the festive landscape while providing a banquet for our winter birds. 

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While the yaupon branches possess dense berries framed by the evergreen leaves an astute observer will distinguish other RED fruits on barren branches in the woods including those of the parsley hawthorn and possumhaw holly.

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Since our Gulf Coast Texas “fall” color does not typically arrive until the holiday season, many RED leaves also contribute to the seasonal cheer—flameleaf sumac and black gum are two favorites. Discover more about these Texas natives at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower site. PS: A membership to this Texas gem makes a great gift that lasts year long! 

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If you enjoy our pathways consider adopting a pathway in 2017.  Not only will you be giving back to your community but you will be the first to observe the harbingers of each season.

 waxwingLearn more about the Township’s Environmental Services Department including wildlife information, tips and resources, and upcoming events by visiting the Environmental Services webpage.

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