Chauncey Beadle TreeLocation is NE-facing slope of a NW-to-SE ravine with perennial creek at the bottom, in Corneille Bryan Native Garden, Lake Junaluska NC (2,600 feet elevation). The uppermost canopy above this specimen may be entirely white and red oak, thus affording sun for growth mostly in early spring and late fall.
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
(planted July 2008)
killed by voles Winter 08/09
"Chauncey Beadle" (#1), shown by Michael Dowd
1 week after planting
ABOVE: Notice the house in the photo above. Chauncey Beadle Tree was planted closest to this house, with Hardy Croom Tree and Asa Gray Tree rightward. These were the three trees killed by rodents their first winter (2008/09). When the next three closest to the house were killed or lethally injury by rodents in the winter of 2015/16, Connie Barlow undertook a neighborhood investigation spring of 2016, positing that a seasonally maintained birdfeeder might have contributed a boom-and-bust food situation, forcing rodents to go after bark rather than seeds. This house did, in fact, have a birdfeeder. See the evidence below ...
This seedling was killed by voles
during its first winter.
Notice the dark brown bark
has been entirely gnawed away from the lower stem and root.
Photo and assessment by Lee Barnes
All specimens were given wire cages after 3 of the initial 10 planted in July 2008 succumbed to rodents eating the cambium during the first winter. The winter of 2015/16 brought 2 more deaths (and one lethal injury) by root-eating rodents. Connie Barlow then scouted for BIRDFEEDERS in the neighborhood, and found a seasonally used feeder (above right) hanging along the southwest forested edge of the garden the home closest to the 3 specimens killed that first winter.
CORNEILLE BRYAN NATIVE GARDEN PLANTINGS