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Re: The 70's were one cold Hayward decade.
Posted by George in Bandon Oregon on 10/5/2017, 6:30 pm, in reply to "The 70's were one cold Hayward decade."
Edited by George in Bandon Oregon on 10/5/2017, 10:04 pm
no doubt there can be periodic "cold spells" and "warm spells" (also "wet" and "dry" ones, too) within a given climate zone or region. potentially a lot can happen in roughly 50 years to both plants and people even in a generally very temperate area. during the 70's there was an especially cold spell for example along much of the west coast in Dec. 1972. again, think there were a cold event that reached at least parts of the S.F. bay area in Dec. 1990 as well.
OTOH and FWIW, according to the "sunset western garden book" happy horticultural Hayward is in fact in mapped their zone 17 (the mildest climate zone in northern and central California and even into extreme s.w. Oregon---but very closely bordering on the somewhat cooler winter zone 15 to the east)and ficus elastica (and f. macrophylla, too) has been "recommended" for use in that zone by the (NOT so infallible) "bible of western horticulture" for quite some time.
that said a tree-sized "rubber plant" is a marvelous thing to be able to grow and a genuine indicator that things are quite benign climate wise by any measure.
the upper southern oregon coast
USDA zone 9a (Sunset zone 5)
DRY cool summers and WET cool winters
grow eucalyptus, banksias, telopeas, grevilleas, bottlebrush, mexican pines and oaks
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