In Search of Fairies

Worlds Largest Myrtle Tree

Just ten miles east of Gold Beach stands Oregon’s largest known Myrtle tree, an enormous deciduous specimen that reaches 88 feet tall with a sprawling 70 foot canopy. Myrtle trees (also known as Myrtlewood or California Bay Laurel) are specifically adapted for fire; the roots can survive even the fiercest blaze and will sprout new trunks after the smoke has cleared. This Myrtle is estimated to have 200-year-old branches, a 400-year-old trunk and a root system so old that the experts won’t even take a guess. Its colossal, moss-covered trunk has been hollowed by fires over the centuries, giving the tree a mystical quality that will have you searching for fairies. 

On a darker note, The tree is a host of the pathogen that causes sudden oak death.

2 thoughts on “In Search of Fairies

  1. We are loving traveling along with you, Cathie!! L & J

    On Sat, May 25, 2019, 7:31 AM Footloose & Fancy Free wrote:

    > cwflaff posted: ” Worlds Largest Myrtle Tree Just ten miles east of Gold > Beach stands Oregon’s largest known Myrtle tree, an enormous deciduous > specimen that reaches 88 feet tall with a sprawling 70 foot canopy. Myrtle > trees (also known as Myrtlewood or California Bay ” >

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