I had always admired this big leafed tree at my neighbors. Peter Griffith was nice enough to ID it for me, during a recent visit. His excitement made my quest to find one that much more intense. Because it can survive in So. California, and is not a huge tree, it should hold much interest for the temperate suburban tropical looking landscape. My neighbor had three, and was going to cut down the smallest one of about 8 feet. With her permission, I thought I would try and move it, but before I could return, she cut it down. She then mentioned she had some "suckers" on another tree, and I was welcome to them. So about 6-8 weeks ago I watched as she ripped up what appeared to be a long (5 ft) surface root with about four small "suckers" growing from it at about 1 foot intervals. I cut the root into sections that had one of these suckers on each. Three went into pots, and the forth, along with a remaining two foot section of bare root was placed in some potting soil to be later planted directly into the ground if these suckers survived. They wilted badly for a few weeks, but all have now showed signs of new growth. Here are some pics to chronicle the attempt. The first two are pics of the mother tree. The next two are pics of the three suckers/cuttings in pots, along with the bare rooted one ready for the ground with new root growth visible. You can also see the long section of bare root that is apparently still alive.