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Sabal minor Chipola Dwarf: another super dwarf Sabal
Last week I received seedlings from yet another super dwarf Sabal minor. This one is Chipola Dwarf from Marianna in NW FL. One of my seedlings is starting to go palmate. This palm is a bit larger than the better known Bountstown Dwarf and Wakulla Dwarf. It is a bit larger than those two palms (18" high x 30" wide). Adults can reach 5' high x 2' wide. All three dwarfs can be found within 50-75 miles of Tallahassee and SE, SW and NW of it. I've been looking for this one for quite a while without success. I moved them into 2g pots. Right now they don't look particularly distinctive but I look forward to growing them. These tiny Sabal minor dwarfs have promise for cold winter climates and can be easily protected. I know of someone in the Midwest who grows Blountstown in a pot and had them seed successfully. Very cool little palms that should be more easily available. However, tiny palms don't produce bumper crops of seeds. My largest Blountstown has not produced even 100 seeds in a crop. This year, probably because of our severe drought, it has not flowered at all. Enjoy.
Sabal minor Chipola Dwarf
Flowering Butia Matogrossensis
I purchased these seeds as Syagrus cerqueirana, but......well, I'm pretty sure they're Butia matogrossensis. Pretty quick to get to seed. This is like four or five years old.
Mature Trachycarpus put into Full Sun (crown shrink)
We have 2 (of 3) Trachycarpus fortunei left in the landscaping from when our house was built almost 17 years ago. They have done surprisingly well, surviving upper teens (as expected), extremely poor, sandy soil, and temps in the 90's and 100's in the summer.
Here's one of the 2 remaining.
They all have had good growth. The 2 that were in a more shady spot did the best. One of them was next to a spreading laurel oak, and had the most vertical growth compared to other 2. Well, the oak was getting huge, and being right next to the house, we removed it (this is back in July 2014). By the time of the oaks removal, the Trachy's crown was becoming buried in the canopy.
Here's the palm right after the oak tree was removed showing a healthy crown.
Slowly, but steadily after the oak tree was removed, fronds began to yellow and turn brown until the canopy now looks like this.
I'm pretty sure this is a case of a sudden exposure to full sun.
It still has what looks like healthy green leaves coming out the top.
I guess the crown may be miniature from now on.
Just for fun, here's a view from near the top.
Our Trachy made me think of an place here in my town that has some Trachy's planted in a common median area. Many of them are quite old with all the trunk fiber/leaf bases long gone. It is in full sun, and their crowns look similarly small. I guess it's just their reaction to such conditions.
Conversely, ones I saw growing in full sun in a cooler and wetter climate (like near the waterfront in Vancouver, B.C.) had larger, much fuller crowns. I guess that climate must be that more favorable for them versus the very hot Southeast US in areas with sandy, infertile soil.
Here's the aforementioned median area planted with Trachy's. The other ones (farther down out of view) have similarly small crowns like this one
I think these are seeds...I was able to pollinate last month from what I thought was inflorescence on another Needle in a different part of the yard as this one was flowering at the same time...just want to confirm...this is a first for me...
Sabal palmetto Lisa Flowers for the First Time!
About six weeks ago I got a most unexpected surprise: my largest Sabal palmetto Lisa is flowering and setting fruit for the first time. I got it as a most generous gift from a fellow PT-er in 2008 as a 1-2 strap leaf seedling. It's been growing in my Caribbean front garden since 2009. Even a few months ago I was assured it would need 5+' of trunk before it would flower so I resigned myself to a further 4-5' year wait. I guess my palm had other ideas. So, I know some palms don't produce fertile seeds on their first bloom. Are Sabals among those or made of hardier stuff? Anyway, today I took the following photos before storms moved in.
Sabal palmetto Lisa, Cape Coral, FL