100-year-old pecan tree dies, offers lesson in drought

Photo courtesy of Scot Dorn

Workers took down a 100-year-old pecan tree near Samuell Grand Park last week after it died from drought-related causes.

Retired historian Alex Troup says the tree had been affected by drought over the past decade. It had dry rot last year, and it couldn’t be saved. Part of the tree snapped off and fell on the house recently, so the tree was cut down.

Troup kept rings from the tree and has plans to share them with schools and nature centers as a way to teach about the longterm dangers of drought and how to care for old trees.

“It was just a beautiful tree,” Troup says. “These old trees still need a lot of water.”

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