Rose Ramirez and I went out early this morning to check out a recently burned area (September 2009) near Vail Lake on the 79 in Riverside County. After the heavy rains, it’s easier to negotiate the fire areas. In the photo above, branches of redshanks, aka Adenostoma sparsifolium, are silhouetted against the burned intermittent-stream bank.
Above is a wider view of partially burned redshank trees, or arborescent shrubs as they’re also called.
Wild cucumber vines are growing everywhere, yerba santa is coming back, what we think is giant wild rye is beginning to sprout, and laurel sumac, Malosma laurina, in the photo above is growing again from the base of the burned branches.
This is a resurrected redshanks growing in a former burn area west of Vail Lake. Redshanks is a stunningly beautiful tree, but you don’t want to plant it in your garden if you live in a fire-prone area. Neither redshanks, nor the related Ademostoma fasciculatum, aka greasewood chamise, are fire-resistant.