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Near record size cottonwood in Albuquerque

Posted by fabaceae_native (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 21, 10 at 9:59

Not too much action on this forum lately... I hope this generates some... :)

Has anybody seen the giant tree along the Griegos Ditch right in Albuquerque? Apparently it came pretty close to being a national record a few years back, but apparently there is a tree in Farmington, one in Texas, and another (the biggest of all) in Arizona that all got more points in the rating system. Maybe I'll check this local out next time I'm in town...

Any other notable plant specimans around that we should know about (the date palm along Central is one of my favorites)?

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Near record size cottonwood in Albuquerque

I'm going to be in the Alb. area in a week or so, I'm going to find this tree!

RE: Near record size cottonwood in Albuquerque

Where is the date palm on Central? I'll have to check it out when I'm in town next week. We have a couple of true date palms at our place in a protected location in Mesilla, NM (just west of Las Cruces), but I didn't think they could survive an Alb. winter without protection.

RE: Near record size cottonwood in Albuquerque

Yeah, Albuquerque is apparently a lot milder than some people think (see all the posts over the years regarding Albuquerque palms, olives, saguaros, and climate data)

The date palm is growing in the Nob Hill area against the wall on the north side, and is very visible from the street. It's been mentioned on posts from a couple years back, and the location might be given there, but I'm so unfamiliar with the street names that I don't want to attempt a guess. It's really not much to look at, but very cool just because it's there and gets no protection, or any other care from what I can tell. I wonder how much dieback it is experiencing right now with the arctic blast (low of 8 degrees last night in Albuquerque).

By the way, if you ever see it, maybe you could verify if it is really a true date palm, or in fact a canary island date palm. People on this forum have thought both.

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