Are your tallow trees dying too?

Just now I heard from a friend with 2 acres right in the heart of Houston, that her tallow trees are dying. I wonder if it was the drought?

You should check out her blog, Houston Naturally and learn about it. Tallow trees are a Houston blight, introduced more than half a century ago, only compensating for their thirsty invasion with brilliant fall colors. This friend

Cattle egrets in tallow trees.

Cattle egrets in tallow trees.

once had a cattle egret rookery in their tallow trees, but clear-cutting by a neighbor ended that.

Where she lives is another little-appreciated corner of Houston, down near West Orem and Hirem Clark, among the churches, car repair shops, beauty salons and taco trucks. So just remember to find your special corner of Houston and make it better!


About Joan E. Strassmann

Evolutionary biologist, studies social behavior in insects & microbes, interested in education, travel, birds, tropics, nature, food; biology professor at Washington University in St. Louis
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