Trees at TimberviewMS
By: Prishmi, Reagan, and Hyunjee
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The Texas Redoak
Humans depend on the Texas Red Oak because its one of the largest and important timber trees. Acorns grow on this tree that provide food for numerous birds and animals such as ruffed grouse, nuthatch, blue jay, wild turkey, red, gray and fox squirrels, bears, deer, and raccoons. Parasites that affect it and possible adaptations would include oak wilt, diploid canker, oak root rot, anthracnose, and mistletoe. There are some limiting factors like harsh weather, droughts, pollution, and soil without enough nutrients.
You can grow a Texas Red Oak by planting either a seed or getting a young tree from a nursery. Texas Red Oaks don't need a lot of pruning, but need special attention at first so they grow properly. You have to make sure that you fertilize and water the tree appropriately for the first three years of its life.
The Texas Red Oak needs sun, water, and carbon dioxide to make food. It also needs soil and fertilizer to grow properly.
The Texas Red Oak provides oxygen, shade, and shelter and food for animals. Once it dies it will be broken down and its nutrients will be released back into the soil.
The Red Cedar Tree
To grow them, they need lots of space and a deep hole. They need some shade at first but they need more sun as they get older. You need to dig a hole that is 2 times wider and as deep as the root ball. You need to remove all debris from the hole and apply fertilizer.
Animals, like birds, eat the trees fruits and seeds and use the tree as shelter. Other animals that eat the seeds are squirrels, opossums, quail, and turkey. Limiting factors preventing the tree from growing are kids pulling leaves from them and hanging on them and the trees not getting water. Parasites that affect them are verticillium wilt, fungi, and cephaleurus virescens.
Possible adaptations are that they adapted to different types of soil and don't have many issues with parasites. Some abiotic factors that they depend on are soil and fertilizer and sun, water, and carbon dioxide to make food. Some things they provide are oxygen, shade, shelter, and nutrients to the soil once they die.
Live Oak trees
The height can reach 60 feet and grows quickly. The climate it grows best in is the dry parts of Texas. the life span is about 200-300 years old. The leaves stay green all year round. it is a type of evergreen tree.The size of the leaves are normally 4" - 8" or 2" - 4". The leaves are simple and stay on the tree ever through winter at times. They are narrow and stiff. The upper left is shiny and dark green while the lower is normally dull. When new leaves develop, the live oak tree produces small flowers. These flowers are brown in color and usually not apparent.
This tree also produces brown acorns that are usually in clusters of three to five. These acorns germinate soon after falling to the ground if the site is moist and warm. Few acorns remain viable over winter because various animals eat them. In order for someone to grow this tree at their house, they would need a big backyard, give the tree water, sunlight, and a somewhat dry environment. There are quite a few organisms that depend on this tree. Some would be moths, a variety of birds, caterpillars, weevils, turkeys, ducks, Jays, and deer. Some limiting factors may include growing in a small space, and growing in an extremely dry environment (even though this tree has a pretty high drought tolerance, anything too extreme would hurt it) because the ground wouldn't be able to support its root system. Some parasites would include caterpillars of the western tussock moth, California oakworms, tent caterpillars, armyworms, and blister mites. Abiotic factors this tree needs includes water, sunlight, soil, oxygen, right climate, and nutrients. They're live oak trees on TMS grounds. Since this tree produces acorns, it will provide food for the animals that live there. It will be there for many years providing shade, allowing us to observe it, and helping countless animals with food and shelter.