Friday, April 27, 2012

Leafy Evergreens

The Hualapai Mountains, and much of the Desert Southwest, feature a wonderful array of leafy evergreens. Though equally fond of the Ponderosa Pine, Single Needle Pinyons, and Firs we found in this area, we get more than our fair share of conifers Durango and the Rocky Mountains, so find them slightly less intriguing. Below are some of the more interesting specimens we found. 

Pointleaf Manzanita Grove
Arctostaphylos pungens
*This manzanita is hardy in Durango and many are flourishing in our yard.

Pointleaf Manzanita

Close-up of the beautiful Manzanita Bark

Canyon Live Oak or Golden Cup Oak
Quercus chrysolepis
*While we have Shrub Live Oak growing in the Durango area and in our yard, sadly they don't keep their leaves through winter like they do in slightly warmer climates.

Canyon Live Oak with orange undersides of the leaves

Canyon Live Oak

California Buckthorn
Rhamnus californica

Aspen Peak In the Hualapai Mountains, at 8167 feet

Photography by Lisa Bourey

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