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Re: Largest Ficus benjamina in the bay area ive seen.
Edited by Stan Hayward CA on 4/15/2018, 3:22 pm
THAT'S never seen a low in the 20's. Here,I can give you years of deep freezes that took out anything 10a like in my time. 1968,I was "skating" on Frozen school yard lawns. 1972? the whole month of December was more 8b. We hit 18f. MOST of the months lows were 32f or less. Then, we had a cold 1976..in a drought year. Record setting warm that year and the same for cold.
Nothing below 32f since.
You just see the near linear rise in lack of deep cold..as the bay area grows in population and of course GW tossed in.
Pre 1990,You didn't see large GBOP,F.elastica outside of maybe SF or Oakland....now I see them all over up to 30'
One thing I should mention Brandt is,pre 1990 or so, there were NO Ficus benjamina that were tree sized..I doubt any were ever more then potted porch plants. Same for GBOP..pre 1980's? You would have found NONE in all of the bay area. Now the largest trunk up to four stories+.