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Cedar pictures are helpful for identifying the cedar trees in your area. There are dozens different species of cedar (juniper) trees and many share similar characteristics. However, the most common species in central texas, ashe juniper, is what we have pictures of here.
Cedar Trees- Cedar grows very densly all around central texas. The trees grow fast, and absorb significant amounts of water relative to their size. This leads them to crowd out most other types of vegetation. On many rural plots of land surrounding Austin, Tx cedars are the only tree that can be found.
Pollen Production- Pollen production begins priort to December and January every year. You can see the large quantities of pollen accumulating on the branches. From a distance, this will even impact the overall color of the tree, as it will appear more brownish than green.
Pollination-Pollination begins around the middle of December or early January and usually lasts well into February. During this time, if the wind picks ups, you can spot vast quantities of cedar pollen being released from the trees. It almost looks like a cloud, or smoke from a fire, but it is the millions of grains of pollen.
Cedar Cones- In the same way that pine trees reproduce by producing pine cones, cedar trees also produce cones. However, most people would probably not call these cones. They look more like blueberries instead. Altough they are not edible, they are regarded as fruit. These fruits are what contain the seeds of the cedar trees and they begin to develop after pollination has occured.
In general, various species of cedar trees can be found all over the US and Canada, but the species most responsible for Cedar Fever is the Ashe Juniper. And it is found primarily in central Texas and a few parts of the southwest.
Check your local weather stations during the winter months to see if pollen from these trees can be found in your vicinity.
In addition, many local weather stations may provide maps to indicate where these trees grow most heavily in your areas. Observing these every season will definitely help you reduce your allergy symptoms.