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The Trees of Our Union Street, Clearwater, FL Project

Jul 13, 2021

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There are just some things you should be familiar with. And some of those, are the trees near you.

Live Oak

Live Oaks are found in the wild, growing between Southeast Virginia and then continuing south. Essentially, Live Oaks cover all of Florida south to the northernmost Florida Keys. In the days of wooden ships, live oaks were the preferred source of the framework timbers of the ship, using the natural trunk and branch angles for their strength. The tree crown is also very dense, making it valuable for shade, and we see that at our site in Clearwater, Florida.


Diameter at breast height, or DBH, is the tree diameter measured at 4.5 feet above the ground. The smallest DBH of the Live Oaks at 2888 Union Street is 17 inches, while the largest one is 42 inches.


The first 10 inches in diameter indicate an age of 76 years. Each inch after that adds six-and-a-half years up to age 154. After that, each inch adds six years.

Live Oak Trees at 2888 Union Street, Clearwater, FL

At our site (2888 Union Street, Clearwater, FL), there are six large Live Oaks on the land.

  1. 17 Inches DBH ~ 121.5 years old
  2. 19 Inches DBH ~ 134.5 years old
  3. 21 Inches DBH ~ 147.5 years old
  4. 23 Inches DBH ~ 160 years old
  5. 37 Inches DBH ~ 244 years old
  6. 42 Inches DBH ~ 274 years old

Crepe Myrtle

Crepe Myrtle trees, affectionately called the lilac of the south, are chiefly known for their colorful and long-lasting flowers. Flowers are borne in summer and autumn in panicles of crinkled flowers with a crepe-like texture. The timber of some species has been used to manufacture bridges, furniture, and railway sleepers. In Europe, the crepe myrtle is common in the south of France, the Iberian Peninsula, and most of Italy; in the United States, it is an iconic plant of gardens across the southern United States, including our own 2888 Union Street, Clearwater, FL residence.


The DBH, Diameter at the breast height of the Crepe Myrtles at 2888 Union Street is relatively the same at about 15-16 inches. Therefore, this would mean they were planted at the same time.

Crepe Myrtle Trees at 2888 Union Street, Clearwater, FL

This attractive small tree or shrub is valued for its long blooming season and its low maintenance growing requirements. There are three of them on site. Consequently, they are positioned right beside the two support posts of the outdoor living space, which includes a lanai, an outdoor living room, and an outdoor kitchen. Certainly, take a look at the details of 2888 Union Street, Clearwater, FL.

While our gallery showcases all the current trees on 2888 Union Street, Clearwater, we are removing some poorly conditioned trees as per our arborist’s report.

This article was last updated on Jul 6, 2022