|Beaver chew marks on a large Cottonwood.|
We also have beaver whose two favorite foods are Cottonwoods and Willows. Now and then, the beaver will eat the New Mexico Locust (Robinia neomexicana) and very rarely the Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera). They decidedly do not like Junipers (Juniperus monosperma).
Valorie stands in front of one of the young Fremont Cottonwoods we planted this Spring. We bought in large barefoot trees from L.E.Cooke Company for two reasons: we wanted cottonless cottonwoods (male trees) and we wanted large trees to start with (we are in our 70s and would like to see them reach maturity in our lifetime). Please note the wire fence around the tree to prevent beaver depredations.
In the background, is a New Mexico Locust, already starting to lose its leaves.
This Cottonwood we call The Kneeling Patriarch.
|Up the main trunk are Andy’s two sons, William (left) and Matthias (right).|