Paperbark Detail (2016)

Detail of a paperbark tree trunk in early morning light. The broad-leaved paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia) is native to Australia. It’s an invasive “noxious weed” in Florida, where it was introduced early in the 20th century to help drain Everglades swampland for real estate development. But it’s a common and innocuous decorative tree in Southern California, where the semi-desert climate prevents its seedlings from proliferating.

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