Can mule palms survive temps between 10f - 15f?

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I am convinced that time spent below freezing is even more critical than absolute lows.  I just spent the morning ripping out all my broccoli with 2 inch crowns.  Covered, they did fine hitting nights in the teens as long as the temps rebounded the next day and I could uncover them.

 

We had a string of awful lows - 5 nights in a row between 9 and 13 degrees.  Our high over that period was 35.  The time spent below freezing was unprecedented for the area.

 

All of the Washingtonia's around here are burnt to straw, and surprisingly so are many sagos.  My huge, very well established butia and both well-established windmills are showing some badly dark-browned fronds, burnt to a crisp.  I'm sure they'll recover but they look ugly right now.  We just had 3 straight days at 70+ degrees and that really let the damage show.  They looked good til the warm spell, then the browning took off.  The butia is so large I can hardly get under it but the spear is mostly straw-colored with some green showing, but I have little doubt this tree will recover because it is just so big - one of the biggest and most perfect specimens I've seen in North Carolina.

 

There is going to be a lot of defoliation over the next couple months.  Hopefully next winter will be mild so the survivors can recover.  If that's the case, the survivors should be able to handle the next 30 years...we'll be weeding out the weaklings.  I feel terrible for a neighbor down the street that just had three brand new palms planted last month.  I almost stopped and told him he's nuts for planting new palms in December, but I don't know him at all yet.  He planted what looked like a 7-10 gallon windmill, a 7-10 gallon butia and a full-sized 20+ ft tall hurricane-cut sabal palmetto (probably from Florida).  Oy.

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@Brad Mondel Did you get that washingtonia from me?  Any pics?  

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Wonderful!  I've been wanting a W. filibusta for yrs. I was a member of the SE Palm Society for a few years and several members were growing them in hot humid conditions.. I contacted a member who said he was selling them, but he never got back in touch. Beautiful filifera, Brad. I wonder how it would handle our humidity in the SC midlands? Cold hardy to zero is music to my ears.

 

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56 minutes ago, Anthony_B said:

  We just had 3 straight days at 70+ degrees and that really let the damage show.  They looked good til the warm spell, then the browning took off. 

 

This is what happened to me too. Everything looked fine after the event and when we were in the 30s and 40s. Once the warm weather hit it was obvious damage had happened. In my short time growing palms its showed me they like to wait to show damage until after youve gotten confident they are fine. Then BAM damage galore! hope everything or most everything pulls through for all of us, but also I equally hope that next winter isn't as bad as the past decade of winters that have been pretty terrible! 

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6 hours ago, TexasColdHardyPalms said:

@Brad Mondel Did you get that washingtonia from me?  Any pics?  

Yes I did. I’ll try to get pics. 

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I have a bunch of filibusta I grew from seed that are 5 gallon sized. From California seed I collected in LA. I’ve been bringing them in to get some size on them first before exposing them to cold. 

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Brad, I would be interested in buying a couple flibustas in early March.

 

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