Sep

10

 The three nemeses of large trees:

1. lightning

2. drought (causing bubble formation in plant vascular tissues) and

3. invasive pests.

In Palm Beach County you can readily see the evidence of lightning strikes on trees in areas such as the J.W. Corbett preserve and the Jonathan Dickinson State Park. It is never fun to be caught out in those locations in a thunderstorm.

In Dickinson salt water intrusion actually has impacted quite a few trees of all sizes along the Loxahatchee River. And Lygodium (once a nice Japanese ornamental) is the new kudzu–an invasive, climbing vine that spreads easily and wipes out native plants and trees with spores that easily attach and cause Lygodium's rapid and persistent spread.


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