Treaty Oak in Austin

The Treaty Oak is a southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) located in Treaty Oak Park on Baylor St. between 5th and 6th downtown. This historic tree is said to be over 500 years old. In 1927, our green piece of history was inducted into the American Forestry hall of fame. They said it to be the “most perfect specimen” of a tree in north America. The Treaty Oak is the last tree standing from a group of trees known as the Council Oaks. The grove was 14 trees strong at one time.
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The History of Oak Wilt

This article is mostly a summary of a report published by Jennifer Juzwik, Thomas C. Harrington, William L MacDonald and David N Appel titled “The Origin of Ceratocystis fagacearum, the Oak Wilt Fungus.” David Appel is the head of Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Texas A&M University, College Station. He is considered by many as the go-to for oak wilt in the state of Texas. And, there is strong argument that central Texas is the oak wilt capital of the world. The epidemic is at it’s worst here in our own back yard. You can see the document in its entirety here. Let’s get started…
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