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A story describing the failure of a remarkable tree from “Uncle Oak: the Giant of Palomar Mountain" by Joseph Wasyl in International Oaks; the Journal of the International Oak Society, Spring 2011.
The article tells about visits the author, accompanied by friends and family, made to the tree (which they nicknamed “Uncle Oak”) over a period of years.
The tree was a very old, very large canyon live oak (Quercus chrysolepis) in Palomar Mountain State Park (San Diego County). It had taken root over and sent roots through cracks in a large out crop of granite.Photo:© Guy Sternberg, Starhill Forest Arboretum
In October 2007 the Witch Poomacha fire burned 247,400 acres including 1000 acres in the park.Photo: J. Wasyl
In November 2008 “Uncle Oak” was standing tall and strong despite the previous year’s inferno.”
Sadly, in November 2010 the author noted “Uncle Oak” totally uprooted. “Its fallen trunk created a massive ceiling-high oak arch over the trail”Photo: J. Wasyl
"The entire twisted surface of the root system that had been in contact with the granite outcrop had been charred, and apparently damaged to the point where it could not resist the powerful winter storms of 2009".Photo: J. Wasyl