Eric in Orlando Posted March 4, 2021 Report Share Posted March 4, 2021 Back on March 3, 1980, Orlando had a low of 25F. I'm not sure if this is the latest below freezing temperature ever recorded here but probably the latest hard freeze. It was only below freezing one night and day temperatures rebounded fast, I was 12 years old and just getting interested in plants. I remember damage on things in our yard; crotons and hibiscus froze back part of the way, Dracaena marginata froze to the ground and Schefflera defoliated and died back about a foot, some burn on Dypsis lutescens and a young Archontophoenix alexandrae under tree canopy. In the neighborhood Syagrus romanzoffiana had some burn (these were the more tender forms that were killed later in the 3 80s killer freezes) as did Araucaria columnaris. Selloums in open locations were burnt, same with Strelitzia nicolai and Ravenala. And I remember a couple big Seagrapes, Ficus elastica and Ficus lyrata were defoliated with some dieback. Here were the temperatures for that week in March 1980; 1- 74/59 2- 63/30 3- 52/25 4- 70/33 5- 79/53 6- 84/53 7- 82/53 Anyone else remember this late freeze? 1 1 Eric Orlando, FL zone 9b/10a Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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