Friday, January 27, 2006

Frosty Friday

There was lots of frost on the trees, shrubs, and grasses this morning.



Later in the day the temperature went above freezing. Below is a photo of a gall on an Eastern Redcedar (aka Eastern Juniper, Red Juniper, or Juniperus virginiana). It is part of a Rust cycle that affects Apple trees so we have to cut off and destroy the gall before spring if we want to avoid losing our wild apples.

5 comments:

Rurality said...

Cedar-apple rust got a lot of cedar trees chopped down in Alabama, from what I've heard.

There are a ton of cedars in our area though.

Rachel said...

Never heard of cedar apple rust before! Interesting!

pablo said...

I've read that one should even consider growing apples if there is a cedar tree within 10 miles. We had a similar gall from on our hawthorn trees, probably delivered on the feet of birds, who loved those thorny trees.

Ontario Wanderer said...

I do plan on doing the circuit of the property and looking for more of these galls and destroying them. We had a huge crop of wild apples last year and I enjoyed eating them for many weeks in the fall. I would hate to lose them. Meanwhile, I wonder if some of the apple trees do have the rust. We have very few cedars. There are only two that I know of right now but I may have been overlooking them.

Rurality said...

The figure I heard was that the stuff can travel 1 mile. Not sure if that's correct though.