RETHINKING THE MOUNTAIN CEDAR (ASHE JUNIPER)
Soils in the Hill Country of Texas have been subjected to numerous severe disturbances over the last 150 years. If Mountain Cedars hadn't morphed from trees in forests and woodlands into pioneering thickets of bushy-cedars, our soils would be much more degraded today.
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Tree-cedars don't just consist of older, large Mountain Cedars. They can also be a part of the understory, where they grow as stick-cedars. Where minor disturbances happen inside wooded areas, stick-cedars can grow up quickly and form dense wooded area regrowth called dog-hari regrowth. This regrowth is not serving as pioneering thickets. It is a normal componenet of wooded area regeneration.
STICK-CEDAR UNDERSTORY (scattered and different sizes)
DOG-HAIR REGROWTH (dense growths of same size stick-cedars)