Photo of interesting tree....

powderpuffApril 3, 2013

This tree broke off during a hurricane in the Keys. Snapped right off at the base many years ago. Look how it survived!!!

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tdogdad(Zone 9)

When you live in the tropics, you plants can get giant. However, you also have hurricanes, typhoons or cyclones. That must have broken decades ago.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 1:40PM
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elucas101(8)

Very cool! That would be amaaaaazing to have a giant tree in the yard like that!

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 2:49PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

That is amazing... Are you sure it isn't a "Psycho". Lol...

Thanks for the great pic.. Goes to show that they are quite hardy in the right locations...

Have a wonderful night!

Laura

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 12:12AM
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jandey1(TX8)

Laura, I was thinking the same thing--looks a lot like Bill's tree! Sounds like it's as tough as Psycho, too!

Yikes, maybe it's a good thing that I have to grow these things in pots. There's no room to fit 60 of those in my yard!

Very nice photo, Powderpuff, and a good reminder to us about the nature of these plants.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 9:52AM
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tdogdad(Zone 9)

that kind of growth takes a mostly tropical climate. Psycho is in a temperate climate with occasional bouts of cold weather in the winter so it is much slower to reach a big size. The Keys and Hawaii are the two U.S. areas (other than Caribbean conections) where you can have the really giant plumerias. In Calif, you need 50-60 years to get a fairly large one. With plumies, there is no substitute for heat and humidity and lack of frost.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 1:21PM
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powderpuff

Many years ago it snapped about 2-3' from the ground. It then put out lots of little branches that many years later have turned into huge branches. Once they get big like this, it's hard to kill them. There are many similar trees in the Keys. Sadly, some people remove the stump not realizing it will come back.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 1:31PM
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