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steve99

I've seen some ugly palms before, but surely this group of Caryota I saw while working in Brisbane today is the ugliest of them all?   I doudt I'll ever plant this species in my garden !   Then agian, some Palmtalkers might think they look fantastic.  :evil:

 

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Josh-O

yikes!

Caryota maxima and urens are very short lived palms indeed

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steve99

Yep, probably planted some time back in the 70's  

 

 

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realarch

Not my favorites either.

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Pip

Did they look nice before they began flowering?

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Kris

For me its coconut,palmera and royal palms we had coconut and royals in our garden.we had to cut it down as it was droping dried fronds and nuts into our neighbour's house.in that area they used to park their vehicles and their kids used to play.

These palms are good only to ranches or farm house in rural areas or city outskirts.

And its very common to my place..

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Ben in Norcal

Yeah, I'd think those looked better before flowering?

For me, the Gaussia genus is up there in terms of fugly palms!

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Brad Mondel

Some Chamaerops mutants are pretty ugly. Like dick douglas Chamaerops:

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Ben in Norcal
2 minutes ago, Brad Mondel said:

Some Chamaerops mutants are pretty ugly. Like dick douglas Chamaerops:

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Yeah, that's another bad one.  Patric Schafer tried to get me to take one of those...yeah, no thanks!!

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Las Palmas Norte

Ugly in my eyes are those old 100' W. robusta. A tiny crown of leaves on top of a ridiculously elongated skinny 100' trunk.

Cheers, Barrie.

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dalmatiansoap

Overpruned CIDP. Can't beat that one

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Tropicgardener

Poorly grown Majestics and Queens top my list.

 

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Gonzer
On ‎7‎/‎1‎/‎2016‎ ‎9‎:‎10‎:‎16‎, steve99 said:

Yep, probably planted some time back in the 70's  

 

 

Well, that's like judging how someone looked 40 years ago now that their teeth have fallen out, their ears have sprouted hair, and doctor visits are the only exercise they get.

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Matthew92

Overtrimmed, yellowing Sabals- come to Northwest Florida to see these galore!!!

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SouthSeaNate

Trachycarpus fortunei growing in hot Med climates or by the sea in cooler climates , like this one in the UK...

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palmsOrl
20 hours ago, Brad Mondel said:

Some Chamaerops mutants are pretty ugly. Like dick douglas Chamaerops:

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I would still grow that one though, just for the curiosity.

I have seen some fairly attractive and impressive Caryota, but many are pretty homely (to just plain ugly).  I knew there was a reason I had none and have passed over on free seed many times.  I agree with Gaussia being an ugly genus.  Slender crownshaft palms are my favorite, but Gaussia fits well with what an ugly slender crownshaft palm would look like! :rolleyes:  Nonetheless, I have a Gaussia maya growing in the shade next to a large oak and it has not yet developed the ugly, ratty characteristics,

Cocos, no way, but I have seen some un-cared for individuals that were.

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JJD

Neglected Manila Palms (adonidia merrillii) in Manila. When neglected they tend to not grow straight and termites love them and unfortunately there's far more neglected, then cared for Manila Palms in Manila.
 

The best ones I have seen in the Philippines are in Batanes Island, 2nd pic......Also, Makiling Botanical Garden has some nice tall ones.

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Darold Petty

The perennial favorite in California will always be a neglected Washingtonia robusta !

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redbeard917
18 hours ago, Opal92 said:

Overtrimmed, yellowing Sabals- come to Northwest Florida to see these galore!!!

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Agreed. In my opinion, they should be planted from pots, not transplanted, in this area.

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topwater

Double agreed.  I don't understand why my local government plants these guys everywhere only to hack them to death.  It makes me cringe. 

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Kris

20160712_173627.thumb.jpg.89e1f7c9301f26Here is a still of a young date palm which was a disturbance to pedestrians. ...and see what they have done.in the name of trimming. This house is in my neighbour hood.

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Btw. I used to admire this date palm as its fronds were dark green in colour. And hoped that it grow up into healthy date palm bearing fruits.

But people have virtually destroyed it. And made it appear ugly.

 

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Mr.SamuraiSword

Ive Always Loved Palmetto palms like these

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but not overtrimmed like these

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Uglier still are the untrimmed Washingtonias with their shaggy old man beards.

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also, short pindo palms arent quite attractive either.

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and who could forget the potted majesty palms?  (basically they are just ferns.majesty_palm.png.fa9c98e3230ace9bf0644c7

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hbernstein

Got no pictures. Queen Palms in South Florida have got to be among the world champs of Arecaceae ugliness. Typically nutrient starved, underwatered, and improperly planted. They seem to be used as a cheap afterthought when landscaping is the last thing that a developer or homeowner wants to spend any money on.

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Mr.SamuraiSword
12 hours ago, hbernstein said:

Got no pictures. Queen Palms in South Florida have got to be among the world champs of Arecaceae ugliness. Typically nutrient starved, underwatered, and improperly planted. They seem to be used as a cheap afterthought when landscaping is the last thing that a developer or homeowner wants to spend any money on.

they grow in georgia and look even worse there!  they also look bad in the western states as they wither during droughts and virtually die of dehydration.  heres one in georgia578665df49276_ScreenShot2016-07-14at12.4

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enigma99

How about queens that don't get ANY water during the hot summer months in California? oh yeah.....

 

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Tracy
On 7/3/2016, 4:23:36, Gonzer said:

Well, that's like judging how someone looked 40 years ago now that their teeth have fallen out, their ears have sprouted hair, and doctor visits are the only exercise they get.

I have to agree.  A nicely grown and not oversized Caryota gigas or no, in with other palms can look quite nice.  I have a gigas in Carlsbad, which always generated compliments and curiosity.  My wife insisted on a Caryota in the new yard, but I didn't want to dedicate the space to another gigas, so planted Caryota no which is still quite young.  Perhaps it is in the eye of the beholder?

On the flip side, over planting of Phoenix roebelenii, Archontophoenix cunninghamiana, Washingtonia robusta, and Syagrus here in Southern California have taken them off my taste palette.  Not that they are intrinsically unattractive, but I personally have visual fatigue, seeing them in so many yards.  Straight outta Home Depot plantings.

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Jeff_Cabinda
On Sat Jul 02 2016 05:01:40 GMT+0100, Josh-O said:

yikes!

Caryota maxima and urens are very short lived palms indeed

Anyone knows what is max life expectancy and heigth for caryota maxima? Ps: I don't like them too much but I find their long  fruity hairs very gracious sometimes

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Missi

I have a trio of Phoenix roebelenii :sick: that were planted at the front center of my house by either the builders or original owners of the property. They have GOT to go. Just not sure what to put there instead, and I need SOMETHING there for the Christmas lights :D

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Cikas
On 03. 07. 2016., Brad Mondel said:

Some Chamaerops mutants are pretty ugly. Like dick douglas Chamaerops:

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I like the look of that palm. It looks interesting .

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Alberto
On 03/07/2016 03:50:42, Las Palmas Norte said:

Ugly in my eyes are those old 100' W. robusta. A tiny crown of leaves on top of a ridiculously elongated skinny 100' trunk.

Cheers, Barrie.

Sorry, but in my eyes this is fantastic.

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Jdiaz31089
13 minutes ago, Alberto said:

Sorry, but in my eyes this is fantastic.

 

I agree! Trimmed washingtonia are very pleasing in my opinion. Untrimmed, they are the nastiest looking palms where I live. 

Here's a stretch of country road with century-old palms on my way home. 

 

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PalmTreeDude
2 hours ago, Alberto said:

Sorry, but in my eyes this is fantastic.

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Where is that? Are those in the woods?

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PalmTreeDude

The things that are ugly in my eyes are over pruned coconuts, they are amazing when they are full of fronds, but when over pruned they just look nasty, why would someone want that? (picture credit: http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/woody/palm-damage.shtml)Image result for pruned coconut

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Merlyn2220

There are a lot of good candidates, my picks are probably the bearded Washingtonias and pretty much anything severely overpruned.  There are tons of hacked up Sabals around here.  I don't particularly care for the Caryota No or Urens, but I've got Gigas/Obtusa seedlings growing now.  I like the giant, wide triangle fronds on them.

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Sabal_Louisiana

As for species...Well, they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Every day I see horrid examples of neglected palms that could easily be much nicer if they were better maintained. Freeze damaged ones long after the event that have been ignored are the worst.

 

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waykoolplantz

Pardon the repetition...ugliest honors goes to Mule palms...wearing the worst characteristic of both parents.

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