The "Fairchild Oak", a 400-500 yr old Southern Live Oak
Posted 23 May 2011 - 08:44 AM
Posted 23 May 2011 - 09:48 AM
Spring Valley, CA (8.5 miles inland from San Diego Bay)
10B on the hill (635 ft. elevation)
9B in the canyon (520 ft. elevation)
Posted 23 May 2011 - 09:53 AM
Posted 26 May 2011 - 06:45 AM
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Posted 27 May 2011 - 03:31 AM
subtropical USDA Zone 10A
Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA
subtropical USDA Zone 10B
Posted 28 May 2011 - 04:49 AM
Posted 30 May 2011 - 02:23 AM
The indians were campin' out under mine!
27.95°N 82.28°W (Elev. 62 ft)
Zone9 w/ canopy
Posted 31 May 2011 - 03:41 AM
There is one in Jacksonville called the Treaty Oak that is about the size of the one Eric showed. And the Cummer Gallery garden has several in it. It is along the St. Johns River in Jacksonville. Many brides have had their pictures taken around those oaks.
West Palm Beach, FL
Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:52 PM
Posted 31 May 2011 - 05:56 PM
The Oaks in Northern California are great sights. One of my favorite spots is Carmel and those Oaks are unworldly.
Posted 31 May 2011 - 06:21 PM
The area had sugar plantations during the British, second Spanish and pre-Seminole War American periods. That must have meant a big demand for firewood. Quite possibly the planters preferred to cut pines.
It's apparently impossible to date live oaks. Two large ones in my Jacksonville back yard were definitely fifty years old. The Fairchild tree is definitely much older. Live oaks don't usually have high canopies (inland, southern magnolias will grow up under them, go straight up, and develop canopies above the live oak. Sweet gums can do the same. So, according to Dr. Putz at the University of Florida, live oaks must need periodic low-intensity ground fires to keep those other hardwoods at bay. He thinks northern Florida is losing its live oaks.
You can run into chiggers anywhere. I doubt that tillandsia is a special magnet. During a May drought somewhere around 1901, a Spanish moss mattress factory in Jacksonville caught fire. Bits of flaming moss flew through the downtown area, setting everything on fire, other than the statue atop a column in the central square. Sort of a dress rehearsal for the San Francisco fire, which left the Union Square column intact. A prominent Jacksonville architect thought of moving to SF, but didn't.
Fla. climate center: 100-119 days>85 F
USDA 1990 hardiness zone 9B
Current USDA hardiness zone 10a
4 km inland from Indian River
Central Orlando may be warmer than us
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