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Geoff

Livistona victoriae

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Geoff

Had this palm as a seedling, too, in Thousand Oaks were it was totally unprotected, and year it got down to 25F it was burned pretty badly... but that was 25F for only an hour.. my current palm  with mod protection in raised bed near house was exposed to 27F for at least 5 hours... maybe a hint of leaf burn is all.  Bougainvillea and Plumerias right next to it totally defoliated.  Nearby Aloe vaotsanda melted.

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Austinpalm

5-gallon sized plant planted in ground last summer under a live oak. No damage noticed during this past winter. Low of 28F without frost. No frost observed on the plant all winter.

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Austinpalm

Update on plant previously mentioned. Winter low was significantly colder in 2009/10 (16F) versus 2008/09 (28F). Palm is in 5-gallon size range and was protected with a plastic bucket and rank (decomposing) vegetation around the base. Damage to palm consisted of defoliation of oldest fronds. New spear remained green. Plant has since put forth a new spear and began growing. L. victoriae in the pic is between the camera and the bismarckia.

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Austinpalm

Same plant growing slowly in live oak shade expired from a combined low of 17F and 36 hours below freezing.  No protection was provided.

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