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Palm ID needed! What kind of Phoenix palm? In Columbia, SC!
I know this is probably better suited for the cold hardy forum, But I thought I could use the help from some of you Californians- as this is certainly NOT a cold hardy palm in my area!
So, there is only one other Phoenix palm in the Columbia area that I know of and it's a Canariensis. The following palms pictured below seem to be some sort of hybrid with a suckering habit. The fronds are a no-doubt striking grey/bluish color. Not green like a Canariensis. These two survived the frigid winters of 2014 and 2015 where we got down to 10 and 11 degrees. Interestingly enough, these palms were planted in front of a brick clubhouse in a rather nice neighborhood right off of the lake, so it's no doubt this helped. The lake is approximately 250 yards away while the building blocks the north/northwest winds and the palms face in a south/southeast direction.
Sorry in advance for the bad pictures; I managed to snap these pictures right before the sun went down. Hopefully I can post more when the sun is out if anyone wants a better look.
Thanks in advance!
Duppy's 2nd Annual Mule Update, now with Bismarckia!
It's been a rough year already. Baseball sized hail that is getting me a new roof, gutters, exterior doors and 3 windows. The mules took it like a champ. The Bizzy well, that little dork is a fighter! First the mules.
Day 1 in the ground.
12 Months later.
And now 2 years in the ground. The one on the right measures in at 7.5 feet to the top of the oldest spear.
Palms for Austin Texas
By Ed in Houston
A friend bought a home in Austin Texas and would like to plant palms.
Where in Austin is a good place to shop for cold hardy palms that are also adapted to the local soil and do not require too much watering.
He is limited to planting 5 gallon sizes.
He is in a 8b climate.
He already has a Sabal Mexicana from seeds collected locally.
Thanks.....Ed in Houston
Washingtonia filibusta in West Columbia, SC
By Scot from SC
I drove to the Columbia area today to run some errands, and I took a quick picture of the decades old Washingtonia there. Please excuse the photograph's quality; it was taken with my cell phone's camera.
Stripped down Windmill
By Las Palmas Norte
Here are two Windmill palms for comparison purposes that are showing a non fibrous trunk. One has intentionally had the older petiole bases removed, the other has decayed and have fallen, picked by nesting birds and only cleared to clean up the untidiness. The ones purposely removed show coloring of blues and yellow even after a year or two of being removed. Naturally fallen ones have a more plain look. I've seen it stated that removing the petioles and fiber in the colder range of these palms is not recommended. I've seen some local palms that are stripped heavily showing a smooth look and overall different appearance to this palm.
Observations and comments welcome.