Plants

Tour Stop: Ephemeral Pond

Tour Stop: Ephemeral Pond

Some oak trees, even large, old ones, can have very shallow root structures. Look at the roots on this massive oak tree that was uprooted during Hurricane Ike.  See how shallow they were?  High winds, such as in a hurricane, strain these shallow roots.  If their strength is exceeded, then the tree falls.

But the life does not stop.  There is now a small pond where the tree's root ball was. This is called an ephemeral pond— when it rains, the pond will collect and hold water, but it will eventually dry up if we have a long, hot, dry spell, especially during the summer.