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Re: In Davenport, FL (Dec. 2nd, 2018)
Busch Gardens is roughly the same latitude as Davenport. In the fall of 1980, I recall the Baldcypress trees being much farther along in color change and leaf drop. Could've been the weather that year compared to this year.
Baldcypress, for a decade or two, became (for reasons unknown) the go-to tree of choice for the City of Wilmington (DE) as street trees.
In the early 1900s, it was Ginkgos. Today, many elderly Ginkgos are still hanging in there nice and strong. In the 60s, Willow Oak seemed to be a favored choice. In the 80s, Bradford Pear. And in the 90s, Baldcypress. More recent plantings have shifted to much smaller species like tree lilac and some compound pinnate leafed species that I haven't clearly identified as yet.
Jim, Wilmington, DE, 7a
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