Do you know what a Joshua tree is? (Yucca brevifolia)
Do you know what a Joshua tree is? (Yucca brevifolia) Many people not only never heard, nor seen one. This tree belongs to the Lily family. The tree has to be above 3000 ft from sea level. Below this elevation it will not grow. The higher the altitude the more you will see of these strange looking trees. At the same time for the survival of the tree a Desert Climate and the Pronuba moth for the pollination is needed.
Historical documents indicate that Joshua trees were named by the Mormons in the late 1850’s as they traveled through the Mojave Desert on their way to San Bernardino, CA. The many branches this tree has and how it grows in all directions reminded them of the biblical persona of Joshua, hence the name.
If you drive through Palmdale, Lancaster, you will find these bizarre looking threes in the yards of homes as well as on the road. They are a protected species in California and the fines could be quite large for destroying them.
If you want to see a Joshua Tree Forrest then you need to go to the Joshua tree national Park. It is approximately 100 miles from Los Angeles. Just follow the signs to Twentynine Palms the ten to the 62.
Not only will you find a forest of Joshua trees, but one of the largest and oldest trees as well. That one is over 40 ft high and has a crown with a circumference of at least 30 feet. The tree is around 600 years or even 1000 years old. They are not easily measured.
As most of you know, who read my blog that I was in Palmdale last week. I took this picture for you, this one. It is not as large as what I described above and never the less I think you will like this magnificent tree.
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