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Walk The Trail: Quincy Salt Marsh TrailStop 1

Eastern Redcedar - Juniperus virginiana

This evergreen tree is typically covered with small bluish-green scale-like leaves. Juvenile plants have leaves that are more needle-like, pointed and awl-shaped. An adult tree may have both types of foliage. Male plants have tiny, capsule-shaped brown cones, while females produce waxy blue, berry-like cones that are about 0.25 inches long. Mature trees have reddish brown bark with long vertical strips that may have a shredded appearance. Redcedar has aromatic wood that has historically been used to build cedar chests and fence posts and to manufacture pencils.

Chinese Lantern - Physalis alkekengi

The common name of this plant comes from its distinctive fruit. As the fruits of this plant develop in fall, the large sepals of the flowers enclose an orange berry, resembling a large "paper sack" that looks like a miniature Chinese lantern. Later in the season the papery sepals turn brown and start to disintegrate, giving them a lacy appearance and showcasing the fruit inside. This species is a member of the Potato family (Solanaceae), can be annual or perennial, and will grow well in any well-drained soil with strong sun.

 


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