Pine forest , East TX, The National Forest Service clear cut everything smaller than 8 " diameter to make a fire break 100 yards wide adjacent to homes. NFS did this 4 years ago and 75 % of the new understory growth is American Beauty Bush up to 5 ' tall. The NFS is now repeating the clearing , they cut everything at about one foot height. I am wondering how fast the Bush will recover.


Beauty Bush is very resilient. I've seen them taken down to 12" height, in the Spring. The shape might not be pleasing but they will right back quickly.

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