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PlantDad
On 8/24/2019 at 7:01 PM, Chester B said:

Got a pic of the palmetto growing just outside of Salem Oregon. Apparently it’s been there a while and has double in size. I wish I had something in for scale. This palm was huge. Much nicer than any palmetto I saw in Virginia Beach. Around 8’ of trunk but very stout. The one in the foreground wasn’t too small either. 

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At Raintree Tropicals nursery in Silverton there is a very large Sabal palmetto planted in the ground unprotected. the owner does not know the exact age but he thinks it is well over 50 years old. it is much larger than the ones in the picture above. I live in keizer oregon right next to salem and silverton is close by. there are some surprising palms that you can grow here.

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Chester B
11 hours ago, PlantDad said:

At Raintree Tropicals nursery in Silverton there is a very large Sabal palmetto planted in the ground unprotected. the owner does not know the exact age but he thinks it is well over 50 years old. it is much larger than the ones in the picture above. I live in keizer oregon right next to salem and silverton is close by. there are some surprising palms that you can grow here.

The picture is from Raintree Tropicals.  Same palms - the photos don't do them justice as to their size.

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Dave-Vero

Chester B, those palms on E Burnside look really nice.  They must be from the past 20 years; I went along that street to work on the bus, so would have noticed.  

My Trachy on Stark might not be there much longer.  There's a good chance the church will call it quits in the next year or two.  I think the real estate would be fairly valuable, though the residential nature of the neighborhood would put pretty strict limits on development.  No Pearl District apartment building.   

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PlantDad
On 9/5/2019 at 8:31 AM, Chester B said:

The picture is from Raintree Tropicals.  Same palms - the photos don't do them justice as to their size.

oh ok, sorry, i feel kind of dumb. you are right about the pics not doing them justice. those palms in the pics look much smaller than they actually are.

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EastCanadaTropicals
On 8/12/2019 at 4:18 PM, Chester B said:

I just found out about a large palmetto growing in Silverton, Oregon just outside Salem.  I wasn't able to go and see it but was told by the owner it has around 10' of trunk if I remember correctly.  3 winters ago during our really bad (top 5 worst all time) it saw 6F at their location, and I was told they had mass casualties with their palms.  However the palmetto was completely defoliated but came back with avengeance in spring.  He said if he didn't know any better it seemed to like it.  Since then it has been doing well.  Next time I'm down there I'll see if I can get access and snap a pic.

I am tempted to purchase a large Sabal aside from S.minor to try out now. 

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EastCanadaTropicals
On 9/5/2019 at 11:31 AM, Chester B said:

The picture is from Raintree Tropicals.  Same palms - the photos don't do them justice as to their size.

Any update pics on the sabal?

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PricklyPearSATC
On 3/30/2017 at 8:53 PM, DCA_Palm_Fan said:

awesome thread!  Great to see so many great palms doing well that far north! 

I wonder what the difference is up there between your zone 8A and VA beach zone 8A where sabal palmetto thrive away from the ocean and last for decades. Va beach occasionally has cold snaps into the teens even rarely low teens (RARE).   Perhaps its the much hotter summers there? 

Seattle's Sea Tac Airport average annual low is 25 degrees, Norfolk is 17.  
Average daily temps are significantly different 
January: Seattle 45/42  Norfolk 48/32. 
July:  Seattle 66/55, Norfolk 88/72

I think Sabals are adapted to the temperature swings of the east coast.  University of Florida lists Sabal palmetto as 8b. (Although UF trends conservative.) 
Significant annual cold damage is often what dooms palms, not necessarily one bad year. 

I lived in Seattle about 55 years ago.  The weather is pretty mild. 

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Love them palms

Pic of a Sabal causiarum planted in Seattle in 1989. This is the most recent pic taken not to long ago. Gets no protection during winter 

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Chester B
On 3/22/2021 at 5:04 PM, EastCanadaTropicals said:

Any update pics on the sabal?

From this past weekend

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