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Big Archontophoenix in Northern California
Hello all, I saw this tree from the main road yesterday and had to Go back to Google to find it. It's pretty darn big and probably one of if not THE only Arch. in the city. They usually struggle and flounder up here. Winters in this area are just a bit too cold and wet and they just barely get going again by the end of summer.
This picture is probably 3 or 4 years old and It's probably about 18' total height at this point. What's even more impressive to me is that this palm is on the NORTH side of the house so it's definitely seen some cold weather.
I know, it's a pretty common item to all the folks south of here and in the western bay area (the "real" bay area) but it's unique out here. I think I'm going to ask if I can take some seed if it's available. Curious if this might be one of Inge Hoffman's "kids"?
I sure hope they don't do like the La Quinta Coconut to this one....
At what age do Sabal palmetto flower/seed?
I've been wondering: at approximately what age or stage does Sabal palmetto start to seed?
I've got a number of Sabal species growing on my lot, including maritima, causiarum, etonia, miamiensis, domingensis, minor bermudana, brazoria, guatemalensis and, of course, half a dozen palmettos, both normal and Lisas. A number of them, i.e., causiarum, domingensis, miamiensis, etonia, maritima, bermudana and minor, have been flowering/seeding for the past several years. And I remove their flower stalks each year so I'm not inundated with seeds.
But even though my palmettos are among the oldest Sabals I have, not one has ever flowered. This year looks to be no different.
So, I wonder, at what age/stage does a palmetto begin to flower and set seed? Do I have hope for that event in my lifetime?
Three Sabal palms in Seattle
By Palm crazy
Not my photo but found on the web. This garden in West Seattle is famous for its Sabal etonia, S. causarium, and S. minor.
Nannorrhops ritchiana in Wichita
I'm pleased to say this Nannorrhops ritchiana growing in downtown Wichita is still alive! I've been checking up on it all winter, and I was almost certain it was dead. I took a close look today, it is pushing out new growth! Check it out! Planted in a bed a few feet from a plate glass window, but no protection other than the building.
Filifera Seedlings After Low of 4 Degrees
I planted a handful of seeds in May of 2014, and this is their second winter without protection. I'm in Lubbock (7b), and we had two cold snaps this winter; one was a low of 6, and the other was 4. Fast forward a couple of months, and I was pleasantly surprised to find new growth in several seedlings.
These seeds were provided by Jwitt--thanks buddy!