Trees of TMS

Edie Mahle, Sandy Lo, Emily Miller

Texas Red Oak

Basic Info:

-Grows best in Texas, Georgia, and Florida

-Growth rate: 18 inches per year

-Has the height of 30-50 ft tall and sometimes 75ft

-Growth climate: Coastal Climate

-Leaves are medium sized and has 5 slopes

-Has the life span of 400-800 years

-Grows reddish-brown flowers and acorns

-Reproduction through pollination:

The Texas Red Oak produces both male and female flowers that are both small and unnoticeable. The flowers will open up and become pollenated before the tree has a chance to grow.

Southern Magnolia

Basic Info:

-Grows to 60-80 ft

-Growth rate is 12-24 inches per year

-Grows best in southeaster America

-Grows in warm temperatures and coastal climates

-Grows a cone like fruit

-The leaves are shiny and large with no bridges

-Has the life span of 80-100 years

-Reproduction:

Has a cone like fruit that opens up small seeds and fall to the ground. It then spreads by organisms. later it is once again dropped and normally germinates 2 springs after.

Live Oak

Basic info:
-Grows up to be 60-70 ft
-Growth rate of 18 inches per year
-Grows best in the coastal plains of southeast U.S.
-Grows in any climate
-Grows acorns that are edible when it is over 20 years old
-The leaves are stiff narrow ovals that are up to 2-4 inches long
-life span of over 200 years
-Reproduction:
Acorns are produced annually and is dropped by organisms to reproduce.

White Cedar

Basic info:
-Grows up to be about 50 ft
-Growth rate of 25 inches per year
-Grows best in coastal U.S. regions
-Grows in swamp climates
-Grows cones
-The leaves are scale like with blades less than 2 inches long
-Life span of more than 100 years
-Reproduction:
The cones scale spread in the fall & the seeds fall and can then be reproduced.

The Trees in The TMS Ecosystem

Texas Red Oak

Pollution from the factory next to the school can pollute and limit trees from growing, reproducing, and surviving. Animals that depend on the Texas Red Oak are of squirrels, wood peckers, bugs, and etc. Short and long term effects on TMS are that in a long term effect, more animals are attracted to living here. A short term effect would be that the tree can help give shade while the sun is out. Parasites such as aphids can appear in spring and eat the leaves which causes the leave to curl. Scale insects can also infect live oak trees. Possible adaptions the oak has possibly made at our school would be its roots. Because Texas is a dry state, the trees roots would have to spread further out to find water and hold the water for a long time. Abiotic features needed the most are water, sunlight, nutrients, wind, and etc.

Southern Magnolia

Animals that depends on the Southern Magnolia are snakes, small lizards, rabbits, mice, squirrels and many more. Parasites that has affected the Magnolia are beetles, slugs, and leaf miners. Really important abiotic feature needed by the Magnolia is sunlight, water, air, food, carbon dioxide, and good soil to grow. Limiting factors to the tree are the semi-arids and arid conditions, pests, and pollution. The long term affect to the tree is that it can become an animals permanent home. A short term affect on the tree would be that it can help provide shade, and the air we breathe.

Live Oak

Dependent animals of the Live Oak tree are birds, squirrels, insects, ducks, and others. Pests that affect the Oak are wasps, and many other tree eaters. A limiting factor of the tree would be that since the tree is on a hill, the water would rush to quickly past the tree, and the pollution from the construction site next to the school can limit the trees growth and health. A biotic features that are needed by the tree are sunlight for photosynthesis, and water to help the tree grow and not die. A short term effect of the tree is that it provides oxygen, and shade. Long term effects of the tree to TMS is that it makes the scenery more beautiful, and can become permanent homes for animals.

White Cedar

Organisms that depend on the cedar are birds, hares, squirrels, and other mammals. Parasites such as basket worms and bag worms can affect the tree. Limiting factors to the tree is the pollution from the factory next to TMS. Some possible adaptions of the tree is that because the school is towering over the trees, the tree would have to grow taller in order to get sunlight to grow. Short term effects on the tree at TMS would be the shade from the tree that can keep things cool. A long term effect would be to prevent erosion of soil down the hill.