Joshua Trees also need a cold snap in order to flower. Warmer winters mean less flowering, even with the help of a unique yucca moth. And these magnificent trees need a hundred years to mature, growing VERY slowly.
Our local loblolly pines are succumbing to something in addition to hurricanes. And local oaks are dying more often too. Even orange trees in Florida have a bacteria that is killing them quickly. Too bad that the trees cannot talk and that Dr. Seuss's Lorax must speak for the trees.