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Breaker, Breaker

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The seventies provided some great times for me as a graduating high school student, then a college student attending college and finally graduating from Oklahoma State University.

I drove many miles each week as I drove from home and to Stillwater then to other destinations. A popular way to meet lots of people and keep your trip a little more interesting was to have a citizen band or CB radio in the car with you. These radios were the “social media” of the day. No, you could not send a text on them, but you could visit with people from all over the country as you crossed this state and others. A conversation always required a introductory statement of “break”, followed by what ever you wanted to say, this soon became “breaker, breaker” to provide a little more emphasis.

These years were also the years that I began forming opinions on individual plants and trees, both good and bad. One of those tree species in particular, that I might go to war to defend or to a party to celebrate, is the Lacebark Elm. The Lacebark Elm is a marvelous, fast growing tree. The tree is almost disease free and Up With Trees has planted these in many of our sites all over Tulsa. I have stated many times that this tree should almost always be considered as a top choice for most difficult planting sites.

Really one of the only things that the tree is susceptible to I learned from a lesson the Lacebark Elm gave me came in December of 2007. “Breaker, Breaker” is a good way to describe how many of these wonderful trees responded to the ice load. While many of these trees succumbed to the awful ice event, there is good news. Even though a large number of these trees were horribly damaged, ice may be the only significant challenge to this beautiful tree species. Overall, the 2007 ice storm was a rare event and these trees rarely grow large enough to cause significant damage to property. Let’s keep planting these tree heroes of our community, knowing that their strength and resilience can be an asset in the Tulsa climate.