The Tallest Palm You Have Ever Seen

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What is the tallest palm tree you have ever seen? For me, I have seen this HUGE Washingtonia robusta (on the east coast) in front of a hotel a few years back and it was truly amazing how tall it was.

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Easily robusta in southern California.  

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Whoo, good question.

The tallest in my garden, far and away, is caryota urens at about 70 feet.

I once saw another urens in downtown Los Angeles, next to a skyscraper, and it was 12 - 13 stories tall, 120-130 feet.

I've seen hundred foot CIDPs.

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5 minutes ago, DoomsDave said:

Whoo, good question.

The tallest in my garden, far and away, is caryota urens at about 70 feet.

I once saw another urens in downtown Los Angeles, next to a skyscraper, and it was 12 - 13 stories tall, 120-130 feet.

I've seen hundred foot CIDPs.

Woah! Please post a picture of the caryota urens! 

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The one in LA was cut down years ago.

I'll have to wait till tomorrow to get a pic of my specimen, which is seeding.

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Alright! Sounds good.

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I have seen a Jamaican Tall coconut palm growing up through the jungle canopy on the island of St. John in the Virgin Islands back in 1986 that was probably 100 ft. to 110 ft. tall, and I have seen some very robust Jamaican Talls on the south side of Lake Okeechobee in South Bay or Clewiston back in 2000 or 2001 that were probably at least 80 ft. tall.  There were also some 100 ft. tall very robust Florida Royals there too on the south side of the lake.

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On my place I've got a number of Carpies that are 25 metres tall and two Coconuts a little bit taller than those. But the tallest palm I'd say was a Coconut I saw growing in a valley behind Stratford near Cairns that would have been well over 30 metres. It would have been protected by Mount Whitfield from cyclones and strong winds generally. Haven't particularly noticed it in recent visits though.

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 Corypha umbraculifera and tall coconut  palms

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Yes without visuals this thread is useless !

 

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Ok, here two pics: The tallest in habitat I’ve seen was a Livistona nitida (1979-09-09 Carnarvon Gorge), the tallest in a botanical garden also a Livistona, but L mariae:

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I "Long" to see the "tallest" Palm in the world   in the wild  :wub:   and the pics that Jeff took that are here on Palmpedia  :)     Pete 

 

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42 minutes ago, Pedro 65 said:

I "Long" to see the "tallest" Palm in the world   in the wild  :wub:   and the pics that Jeff took that are here on Palmpedia  :)     Pete 

 

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Me too...

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Here is the tallest Sabal I have ever seen, installed in a landscape--Raymond Jungles did this, down on Miami Beach.

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Hard to get a judge of the size, but it's taller than the building. I always get a kick out of seeing huge specimen palms that are considered slow and not a tall palm.

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Not as tall as a Ceroxylon or even a Sabal palmetto but they were the tallest Chamaedorea metallica I’ve ever seen:

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Excellent! Have no idea how they kept them so upright--no wind for their whole life?

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Here is a very tall Sabal palmetto. And it was a night pic. (Can't really see exactly how tall it was in the picture, but this thing was massive!)

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Borassus flabellifer

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Here's a large CIDP at McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach. Also a very large Royal in the back ground, left of the CIDP.  

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Some tall Sabels at McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach.

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Took this photo at Fairchild. Not sure of the species, but very tall.

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28 minutes ago, IHB1979 said:

Here's a large CIDP at McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach. Also a very large Royal in the back ground, left of the CIDP.  

 

 

Some tall Sabels at McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach.

 

 

Took this photo at Fairchild. Not sure of the species, but very tall.

 

That's a wonderful CIDP specimen for Florida. When they're perfectly grown like that, they are some of the most magnificent palms IMO. Around my area, they are so underwhelming in size and constantly overpruned or burnt from cold.

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Various Washingtonia robusta in Florida, I've even seen some obscenely tall ones there like those in California, and it never ceases to amaze me that they haven't been struck by lightning or leveled by a hurricane.

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The tallest palms I have ever seen are Washingtonia in SoCA and Phoenix, AZ and Roystonea specimens in SoFL.

 

These are the 2 tallest Sabal palmetto I have come across;

 

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The tallest Coccothrinax barbadensis I have seen, at The Kampong in Miami;

 

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ive seen 100 ft tall royals, and coconuts and some 80-90ft palmettos in habitat

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ive been to the valle de cocora in Colombia and its a must see for any palm tree lovers. pictures do not do it justice57ab6e8345b7a_Ceroxylonquindiuense-Valle

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19 minutes ago, grant b. said:

ive been to the valle de cocora in Colombia and its a must see for any palm tree lovers. pictures do not do it justice

So please post (at least) one of the many photos you had taken! :drool:

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This is the only picture I could find on my work computer from that trip.  I must have kept it for a background wallpaper.

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I have seen Roystonia in Barbados that were over 125' of trunk alone. May have been 150' Over All!

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Washingtonia robusta in Southern California of course but I did see a very very tall Sabal palmetto at Disney world in Orlando. 

 

 

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6 hours ago, Brad Mondel said:

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Washingtonia robusta in Southern California of course but I did see a very very tall Sabal palmetto at Disney world in Orlando. 

 

 

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Here are two photos I took before I really got into palms,

At that times I had already liked the way they look and how they somehow influenced a scenery/spot with their sheer existence.

That one was taken on Rarotonga in 2005...

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...and this one around Christmas in 2007...

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with this awesome looking Borassus flabellifer at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

best regards

palmfriend

 

 

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The tallest palms I've seen in person were these coconut palms (I guess Hawaiian tall) in Honolulu near Waikiki.

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In Peradeniya Botanical gardens in Kandy, Sri Lanka we saw some really tall palms when we visited the place a few years ago. I wasn't too addicted into palms then and I don't have many photos. That day was raining and the quality of the photos is not the best.

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22 hours ago, grant b. said:

ive been to the valle de cocora in Colombia and its a must see for any palm tree lovers. pictures do not do it justice57ab6e8345b7a_Ceroxylonquindiuense-Valle

I’m a little confused concerning the authorship of this photo: Was it taken by yourself @grant b. or by Jeff, as @Pedro 65 wrote above? :huh:

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There is a nice collection of large palms at Hearst Castle in California; mainly Washingtonia and Phoenix.  Great palm landscaping ideas there too.

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Hi,

The tallest palm that i have seen and photographed are Corypha Macropoda(belonging to C.Utan family) and Borassus Flabifier Palm.And what my eyes saw,those photos taken never justify it..

Here are stills of Corypha Macropoda Palm at its final stage !  This palm is clearly visible from to 2 to 3 kms distance.

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Now to Palmyra Palm tree visuals..

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Love,

Kris.

 

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I love Pigafetta palms.  They're pretty tall.  Here's one at my place.

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