Ancient tree

Discussion in 'Gymnosperms (incl. Conifers)' started by Sunset Cycads, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. Sunset Cycads

    Sunset Cycads Active Member 10 Years

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    This ancient tree is growing feet from a saltwater cove on the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia. There is a freshwater stream flowing into the cove, so the water is probably brackish. It has only a few branches with leaves on it, no visible cones in July. It seems so very old. If you can help with the age of the tree as well as its name, I would be very grateful. Thank you.
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Juniperus maritima R.P. Adams. Age would be determined using increment boring.
     
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    Sunset Cycads Active Member 10 Years

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    Thank you so much, Ron. Any ballpark idea as to its age? It seems so very old.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Depends on its individual history, you often cannot tell for sure just looking at the outside of the tree. For example, I once helped gather data on a research plot where I was told the tiny, suppressed silver firs in the shade were as old as their full-sized brethren overhead.
     

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