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The severe advective freeze of 23-26 Dec. 1989 killed most nonprotected trees in Florida's northern citrus region. Minimum temperatures reached - 8.3C with >43 hours below freezing. Microsprinklers elevated to a height of 0.6 or 0.9 m and placed inside the canopy of young `Hamlin' and navel orange trees [Citrus sinensis (L.) Osb.] provided excellent protection to heights well above 1 m. Initial survival height of trees with emitters elevated to 0.9 m was higher than has been reported for microsprinklers at a conventional 0.2-m height in earlier severe freezes. Trees rapidly approached prefreeze canopy size from regrowth of the protected scaffold branches. Six months after the freeze, trees protected by microsprinklers elevated to 0.6 m and delivering 26 or 47 liters·hour-1 had regrown to a height of 1.4 or 1.7 m, respectively. Trees with microsprinklers at a height of 0.9 m and delivering 101 liters·hour -1 had regrown to a height of 2.5 m. Trees with no microsprinkler irrigation were killed to the ground. Twelve months after the freeze, trees with elevated microsprinklers were still significantly taller and showed greater recovery than those with microsprinklers near the ground.

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