If you have visited the ranch you’ll know that we have an amazing number of old-growth Texas Madrone trees. This tree is showing the effects of the 2011 drought – you can see that the top part of the tree is dead but the lower portion is healthy and growing. Most of our trees are demonstrating this condition.
The trees naturally shed bark each year. This picture taken yesterday shows the old pink bark coming off revealing a mustard colored layer of bark below.
With all the rain we have had recently the portion of the trees that are still alive seem vibrant and healthy. I have come to believe that this is a natural part of their life-cycle – where they sacrifice a part of the tree in bad conditions to save the tree itself. Many of the old trees have likely gone through this cycle many times.