Bill Mollison Tree
Evans Property, Waynesville, North Carolina (planted July 2008)
"Bill Mollison" (#18), shown by Michael Dowd, 7/31/08.
Dec 2008: Mollison torreya in right foreground
September 23, 2010: noonish on sunny day
9/23/10: mottled sunlight beneath deciduous canopy
Location is south-facing slope beneath a mostly oak-hickory canopy, with sourwood mid-canopy and lots of shrub-size sassafras, plus some azalea and lots of vaccinium and open ground. A lack of evergreen and deciduous ferns also indicates dryness. (3,400 feet elevation)
LEFT (May 18, 2012): This specimen is probably going to die. Beyond the photo to the left is a blooming flame azalea and for an azalea to bloom means too much sunlight on this dry, south-facing slope for Torreya to tolerate.
RIGHT (May 18, 2012): On a scale in which "Celia" specimen is rated by Lee Barnes as a 10, this specimen is probably a 1. There is no new growth on the main stem, and no apical bud. More dire is the fact that there is no basal coppice stem that could make another attempt.
LEFT (May 18, 2012):
RIGHT (May 18, 2012): Although at this distance you see a lot of green, it is all previous years' growth. And there is no basal coppice coming up. So this plant surely will die.
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