Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Cedar in dress

At last cedar trees (Cedrela odorata) are in full dress with all their new leaves. The tree is unique in that it loses all of its leaves early in the summer (dry season) and stays that way until the rains are underway. This span of time can be up to 3-4 months. Cedrela, by the way, isn't a conifer. The family is Meliaceae, the same as mahogany. Maybe that's why it's a threatened species. It has a lot of the same qualities as its cousin. I planted these individuals but I don't remember the year. I brought the seeds in from Belterra, one of the Henry Ford rubber tree plantations.

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