The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

4 October 2004

Better than dead elms

Somewhere between 60 and 70 percent of the trees in Houston's residential neighborhoods are live oaks, which is fine if you like live oaks, possibly troublesome if you're a tree expert.

"Only 10 percent should be one species," says urban forester Charles Burditt. "Otherwise, a disease or other catastrophic event could wipe out a large percentage of your trees."

Do I get any points for diversity? I have a cottonwood, an evergreen or two, twin redbuds, and a couple of elms that are not at all well.


Posted at 11:08 AM to Dyssynergy

Big points! You are overflowing with tree diversity. =)

Thank you for the link.

Posted by: Anne at 1:07 PM on 4 October 2004