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Jeff in St Pete

A couple weeks ago I visited a nearby private garden and saw this large trunking Beccariophoenix fenestralis.  There had to be at least 9 to 10 feet of clear trunk.  It was hard to get decent photos as the sun was directly overhead and there are so many other plants/palms planted around it including some very large Crotons around the base.  I hope I can get some better photos if I visit again.  

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scottgt

Spectacular.! So much nicer than Cocos IMO.

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RedRabbit

Wow, it looks great! Biggest one I've seen! Any idea how old it is? Thanks a lot for sharing!

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quaman58

That's a happy one alright. I would guess 20+ years for that much trunk. Wow.

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carver

What a great place and Palm, most of the crotons in our collection came from that garden.

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Jeff in St Pete
On 6/20/2016, 7:28:56, RedRabbit said:

Wow, it looks great! Biggest one I've seen! Any idea how old it is? Thanks a lot for sharing!

I think he did tell us when it was planted, but I don't remember.   I'll ask next time I see him.  

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Jeff in St Pete
On 6/20/2016, 6:18:17, scottgt said:

Spectacular.! So much nicer than Cocos IMO.

Hey Scott, nice  to hear from you.  I miss Central America.

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scottgt
1 hour ago, Jeff in St Pete said:

Hey Scott, nice  to hear from you.  I miss Central America.

So nice to see your posts again!

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redant

Love that palm, it's one of my favorites and that one is stunning.

 

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DoomsDave
Just now, Jeff in St Pete said:

A couple weeks ago I visited a nearby private garden and saw this large trunking Beccariophoenix fenestralis.  There had to be at least 9 to 10 feet of clear trunk.  It was hard to get decent photos as the sun was directly overhead and there are so many other plants/palms planted around it including some very large Crotons around the base.  I hope I can get some better photos if I visit again.  

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Please, go back adn get more pictures!

 

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Brett in Mission Viejo

Nice.....the flowering is the icing on the cake!

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Jeff Searle
On ‎6‎/‎20‎/‎2016‎ ‎11‎:‎57‎:‎42‎, quaman58 said:

That's a happy one alright. I would guess 20+ years for that much trunk. Wow.

Not quite that old, as I have similar ones and are not quite 20 years old yet. Maybe in the 15 year old range though.

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quaman58

Funny what climate does Jeff. I bought mine as a 5 gallon plant in 2003, so I figured it was about 5 years old, which would make it 18 about now at minimum. There's less than a foot of clean trunk on it & it's never flowered yet. But I remember Bo posting one in Hawaii that began seeding at the ripe old age of 8. 

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Pedro 65

Great looking Fenestralis Jeff, I read a very interesting article on Wikipedia re Coconut. Well, back in the Miocene period 5+ million yrs ago NZ even had a Coconut palm with strawberry size fruits, . After reading that it does make 1 wonder if the Coconut "evolved" from a  Beccariophoenix ?  I will ask Charles Darwin next time I see him  :D

Pete  :)

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Kennybenjamin

Here is one growing in our nursery.... 15 years since planting and it's been fruiting for about 4 years.

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Josh-O
14 hours ago, quaman58 said:

Funny what climate does Jeff. I bought mine as a 5 gallon plant in 2003, so I figured it was about 5 years old, which would make it 18 about now at minimum. There's less than a foot of clean trunk on it & it's never flowered yet. But I remember Bo posting one in Hawaii that began seeding at the ripe old age of 8. 

yes indeed:greenthumb:

I still drool over yours Bret :) 

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Josh-O
4 hours ago, Pedro 65 said:

Great looking Fenestralis Jeff, I read a very interesting article on Wikipedia re Coconut. Well, back in the Miocene period 5+ million yrs ago NZ even had a Coconut palm with strawberry size fruits, . After reading that it does make 1 wonder if the Coconut "evolved" from a  Beccariophoenix ?  I will ask Charles Darwin next time I see him  :D

Pete  :)

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Josh-O
1 hour ago, Kennybenjamin said:

Here is one growing in our nursery.... 15 years since planting and it's been fruiting for about 4 years.

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amazing!! sooooo coconut like

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Pedro 65

Yeh, its a beauty at PalmsforBrisbane, Im pretty sure Fenestralis seed arrived earlier in Oz than the US and Dypsis  Prestoniana didnt  arrive here till many, many  yrs later, Cairns has many very tall seeding Fenestralis on the highway into Cairns.  Pete  :)

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The Palm Nut

Mine was planted as a seedling, must be 25 years now atleast. I know the lady which had a nursery in Pullenvale Brisbane, no longer there, wasn't keen on selling me any but I begged and pleated with her and she sold me some, all of which died except this one. In later years I have purchased others which are doing well but not nearly the same size.    

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The Palm Nut
2 minutes ago, The Palm Nut said:

Mine was planted as a seedling, must be 25 years now atleast. I know the lady which had a nursery in Pullenvale Brisbane, no longer there, wasn't keen on selling me any but I begged and pleated with her and she sold me some, all of which died except this one. In later years I have purchased others which are doing well but not nearly the same size.    

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I also haven't had any seed from it yet, though as you can see it has been flowering for a couple of years or so.

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The Palm Nut
10 minutes ago, The Palm Nut said:

I also haven't had any seed from it yet, though as you can see it has been flowering for a couple of years or so.

Something that might interest some, this is my Bismarckia which was planted about the same time as a seedling.

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Phil Stager

Here's a few more pics of the big Becce fenestralis mentioned by Jeff.  I gotta start checking this site more than once a year or so.  Pics taken yesterday from on top of my roof.  palm went in the ground about 17 or 18 years ago from a 15 gal pot.  Ten ft of clear trunk on  it.  It's been at least as cold hardy as the Royals in the yard here in south St. Pete

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palmfriend

Wonderful palm! Thank you for sharing all those photos!

best regards

 

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RedRabbit
1 hour ago, Phil Stager said:

Here's a few more pics of the big Becce fenestralis mentioned by Jeff.  I gotta start checking this site more than once a year or so.  Pics taken yesterday from on top of my roof.  palm went in the ground about 17 or 18 years ago from a 15 gal pot.  Ten ft of clear trunk on  it.  It's been at least as cold hardy as the Royals in the yard here in south St. Pete

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Thanks for sharing! 

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Jeff in St Pete

Phil, thanks for adding your photos.  Yours are much better than mine.  What a stunning palm!  

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Mike Evans

Phil, that has to be the largest B. fenestralis in central FL  That thing has really grown quite fast.  Thanks for climbing on the roof for the shot.  I have found that they seem to always look kind of chlorotic when container grown, but seem to snap out of it after planting in ground.  I think they are heavy iron feeders when young and enjoy acidic soils. 

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Dypsisdean

MattyB and I just visited Floribunda - so I happen to have a photo at hand. These are such nice palms that I bought a huge 15 gal (more like 36 inch box size) that I planted a few days ago. My first one. Here are a few of Jeff's.

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GottmitAlex
On 7/17/2016, 12:46:09, Dypsisdean said:

MattyB and I just visited Floribunda - so I happen to have a photo at hand. These are such nice palms that I bought a huge 15 gal (more like 36 inch box size) that I planted a few days ago. My first one. Here are a few of Jeff's.

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How did they fix the pvc and its attachments to the trunk?

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Sandy Loam

Wow, these Beccariophoenix Fenestralis are beautiful! 

Does anyone know how fast they grow in deep shade?  I assume that they are slow growers in shade because my Beccariophoenix Alfredii hardly grew at all in deep shade.  

Even in full sun, they do not appear to be fast growers, based on the comparison with the Bismarckia Nobilis above. 

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Hammer
On 6/24/2016, 6:47:48, quaman58 said:

Funny what climate does Jeff. I bought mine as a 5 gallon plant in 2003, so I figured it was about 5 years old, which would make it 18 about now at minimum. There's less than a foot of clean trunk on it & it's never flowered yet. But I remember Bo posting one in Hawaii that began seeding at the ripe old age of 8. 

Got any updated pics of yours?   :drool:

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CroToni
On 20/6/2016, 23:30:11, Jeff in St Pete said:

A couple weeks ago I visited a nearby private garden and saw this large trunking Beccariophoenix fenestralis.  There had to be at least 9 to 10 feet of clear trunk.  It was hard to get decent photos as the sun was directly overhead and there are so many other plants/palms planted around it including some very large Crotons around the base.  I hope I can get some better photos if I visit again.  

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wow,apart from the way it flowers it looks just like a coconut.

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PalmTreeDude

I would have easily mistaked these for coconuts. 

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Sandy Loam
On 7/17/2016, 3:46:09, Dypsisdean said:

MattyB and I just visited Floribunda - so I happen to have a photo at hand. These are such nice palms that I bought a huge 15 gal (more like 36 inch box size) that I planted a few days ago. My first one. Here are a few of Jeff's.

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Jeff's Beccariophoenix Fenestralis look fantastic!  Does anyone know how old they are in this photo, from when they were planted as juvenile trees?  Where is Jeff's property located, by the way?  Wow!  ....so nice!

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Sandy Loam

Someone just posted this photo of a tall Beccariophoenix Fenestralis, apparently growing in West Palm Beach, Florida (see the third photo into the following PalmTalk thread):

http://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/59071-photos-taken-from-northern-south-florida-broward-palm-beach-and-martin-county-in-january-2019/#comment-879680

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Zeeth
8 hours ago, Sandy Loam said:

Someone just posted this photo of a tall Beccariophoenix Fenestralis, apparently growing in West Palm Beach, Florida (see the third photo into the following PalmTalk thread):

http://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/59071-photos-taken-from-northern-south-florida-broward-palm-beach-and-martin-county-in-january-2019/#comment-879680

Those belong to PT member Mike Harris (waykoolplantz) in Cooper City, Florida. His whole garden is awesome if you're ever in that area!

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