Cedar photo- Stone Mountain, GA

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#1)  Cedar photo- Stone Mountain, GA

Postby edfrank » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:19 am


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An ancient split trunk Southern red cedar tree drinks rain water from a granite pool on Stone Mountain. Juniperus Virginiana.

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#2)  Re: Cedar photo- Stone Mountain, GA

Postby csadsamsrep » Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:35 pm

This red cedar tree  has such an irregular trunk shape that it is an interesting project to try to score it in some way for its size. Its widest or thickest aspect within the first few feet of its trunk is about 18 inches or so. This tree is growing out of basically granite rock substrate pockets of decomposed foliage where other plants and tree material are caught. The rainwater pool very rarely dries up to the point of having no reserve in it, but I have seen it happen once during prolonged southern drought in Georgia in the last 5-6 years. Even though it has the water resource, the soil and nutrient resources here are quite nominal at best, and it is very amazing this tree grew to be this size, and it is amazing it is so gnarly in its form. It is very old, I believe.

I am adding another photo of the tree as shown from the side, and this perspective sort of projects the idea of the title, "Old Man Cedar". Now with the big head of Juniperus foliage, which could look like a full head of hair, it could be called, "Old Woman Cedar", but I must say that despite this head of hair the tree looks more masculine in its form with the gnarly and thick trunk etc. After all, men can have "big hair" too.
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Old Man Cedar, Juniperus Virginiana, Stone Mountain, GA

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