Taxodium mucronatum in New Mexico

Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997 22:55:11 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Taxodium mucronatum in New Mexico

After reading the information on the Tule tree of Mexico I must inform you of
my work in New Mexico.  Some years ago, on my travels in the high country of
southern New Mexico I discovered two relict trees of Taxodium mucronatum
growing uncultivated.
There is a third tree growing in the lower valley near Las Cruces that is of
unknown orgin and may be over 400 years old.  I have collected seed from all
three trees and grown them out into young trees which are proving to be more
cold hardy then their Mexican relatives.  One plant has survived outplanting
in central Illinois at a zone 5 site  for two winters and minus 25 degrees F.
 Progeny of the Mexican trees that I've propagated at my Arboretum Tome
location have not been hardy at temperatures below plus 5 degrees F.

Best Regards,  Michael Martin Melendrez

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