DSC06982 DSC06983 Trail 11
Ash juniper is a native plant, but prior to settlement of the Hill Country it was confined to the canyons and steep slopes that protected it from wildfires. As settlers suppressed wildfires, ash juniper spread across the former savannah habitat to dominate the vegetation. Spread mostly by birds dropping seeds beneath trees, ash juniper forms thick, almost inpenetratable cover called “cedar brakes.”  Early settlers traveling from New Braunfels to Fredericksburg recorded having to circumvent dense stands of  “cedars”.

Leave a Comment