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BIG 15 gal in pot. Fronds were lush, 3' across. Now looks anorexic spikes, leaves at 1/3 their size. No protection, hit 26F hardly protected with sheet. No visible frost.

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Adding info, since I have been a little leary of overwatering this winter due to damp-offs last winter, I have watered on the light side. I think with the large size, I think its possible it was too dry and cold. (probably large enough it was still consuming some water through this winter and I haven't given it enough.)

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Also, brought into garage tonight,  spear looks pretty good.

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Keith in SoJax

Wow!  That report surprised me.  I have one here in NE Florida and last winter it wasn't damaged by lows in the mid 20s...with frost!   I wonder if it dehydrated

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tropicalb

22F...no frost...sheltered by Pepper tree

just bumped up to 5 gal pots in summer

No damage:

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Geoff

Seedlings (1' tall, but 5 years old) in one area were all 'glazed' a bit at 26F- mild leaf color change.  Pretty sure they are alright otherwise

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edbrown_III

I have 2 types of L. saribus one with wine colored trunk and one with green The green is very hardy.  I planted one out in 89'  and it was hurt too much by the 16F and 4 nights in 20's.

The wine color one is a bit more tender. It had severe scorching and some bud damage at 21F (under canopy).

Observations from here in Jax,

Best regards,

Ed

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tikitiki

I have two with the darker trunk. Each palm is about 1ft tall. two nights at 32f one at 34 last two with frost. The only damage sustained was from frost and only a slight color change in the leaf.

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mnorell

I grow only the green-petioled form. Damage was limited to one 6' tall non-trunking specimen (not under canopy) of three specimens I currently have in the ground, a little bit (10%) of cosmetic damage on some (not all) leaves in the 2007/2008 winter in a 15-hour, 23.3F freeze. This winter, so far, the worst has been 24.1F, in a similarly long (14.5-hour) advective event that tip-burned several leaves on a Bismarckia next to that same specimen. No damage whatsoever to the saribus. Looks like it does in summer. So I think it's safe to say the green-petioled form is completely safe from about 24F up, and exposed specimens take a little damage below that. In five winters here we haven't been lower than 22.8 and no damage to either of the canopied specimens has ever occurred (these were all planted as foot-high juveniles four years ago). I would rate the foliage-hardiness as about the same, or just a little hardier than, L. chinensis.

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krishnaraoji88

Not sure whether this is the wine or green form as these are small seedlings but after many hours of freezing out in the open with an ultimate low around 20 all the leaves are toast, though it looks like they will come back.

-Krishna

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tank

Low of 14F. 14 days straight of below freezing temps. 50% overhead protection. 4 plants in 10 gal pots. All very, very dead.

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