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Re: Some spring color in my neighborhood
Posted by Jim Wilmington DE 7a on 4/5/2017, 8:27 am, in reply to "Some spring color in my neighborhood"
To East Coast people, our perceptions of what the climate is like in your part of the world probably differs from reality in several respects. My own perception is that AZ is a land of very low humidity & dew points, precious little rain, and daily highs in the 90s, 100s, and 110s from April through September. You can go a long time between rain events.
Given that perception, it's easy to account for the cactus, dates, yuccas, mesquites and the like. But it raises my eyebrows and piques my curiosity as to how you can grow citrus and ficus varieties out there. My experience is that ficus like their root systems having access to moisture. They don't appreciate drying out. Plus, while ficus leaves are not as fragile as a mimosa tree's, they still strike me as not compatible with noonday summer sun in a place like Phoenix. So, you can imagine my surprise to see these species in Arizona not only barely hanging on for dear life, but indeed thriving and looking as happy as a plant gets.
Is Arizona cooler and wetter than a Delawarean imagines?
Jim, Wilmington, DE, 7a
Last 30 Years Avg. Winter Low: 7.50F
Last 20 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.35F
Last 10 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.40F
Favorite Palms: Species: Phoenix Canariensis / Genus: Sabal