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Foxtail Survives 23°F Unprotected


Xerarch

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Wow so this foxtail is in the neighborhood, I always kindof eye it and compare it’s growth to the one I have, well the freeze this last Christmas saw an ultimate low of 23.2° at my back yard weather station.  We didn’t freeze again at all after that event. My foxtail survived with most fronds intact due to protection while this one got completely fried unprotected. I was sure it was dead and I couldn’t believe it today when I drove past and saw new growth.  If you’re wondering if maybe it didn’t get quite as cold there as in my backyard, I guarantee it was just as cold, very strong winds equalized temperatures in the area. 
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Corpus Christi, TX, near salt water, zone 9b/10a! Except when it isn't and everything gets nuked.

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Hope it regrows its crown. 

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Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone 1990: 9a  2012: 9b  2023: 10a | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (Jan. 1985, Dec.1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a

30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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Eh, I saw a few of those after the 2010 freezes and they didn’t make it longer term. It’s good to have survived 23f at all though! 😕

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Westchase | 9b 10a  ◆  Nokomis | 10a  ◆  St. Petersburg | 10a 10b 

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Very nice! FWIW, there are many foxtails in deep south Texas that survived 22-24F back in February 2021. They are fully recovered with new crowns, setting seed and all. I'm guessing cold duration, age, and daytime heating are major factors. 

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Jonathan

Katy, TX (Zone 9a)

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Here is an update photo of that foxtail, it has continued to improve through the summer, still stunted and crooked overall but if we manage a normal winter it should make substantial recovery next year I suppose. I’ve seen a handful of other foxtail and Royal survivors of the Dec 2022 freeze. Overall I’ve probably seen more surviving royals, and they have made better recovery as well. No pics of those handy at the moment though. 
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Corpus Christi, TX, near salt water, zone 9b/10a! Except when it isn't and everything gets nuked.

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43 minutes ago, Bill H2DB said:

   Looks like it went 9 hard innings against the Astros .   

On the DL , in rehab . 

Yup, but continues to grow rather than decline

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9 minutes ago, SeanK said:

Unfortunately, SoTX has continental influences behind it, whereas SoFL has the Gulf. Hope it recovers well.

True, also true is that pre '21 there were numerous large foxtails and royals in this area.  There are still many large foxtails and royals south of me in the Rio Grande Valley

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I don't think it could grow out of that kink into a strong trunk above after that.  It would be interesting to see if it can.

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7 minutes ago, flplantguy said:

I don't think it could grow out of that kink into a strong trunk above after that.  It would be interesting to see if it can.

I’m curious about it

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