Anyone know what cross this might be? It’s obviously Phoenix of some kind. What throws me off is the thickness of the trunks. It’s a suckering one so I’m thinking Phoenix Reclinata, but leaning heavily towards Canariensis. Normally Phoenix Reclinata crosses have thinner trunks. It’s in Destin (coastal FL panhandle).
Have a few "Phoenix Reclinatas" that I grew from seeds that a friend of mine gave me a couple of years ago. He swears that they're true to type, but after reading how easy they can get hybridize, I would like please an expert opinion (see attached images)
Thanks so much!
By Sandy Loam
I recall a recent PalmTalk thread in which someone was seeking a cold-hardy substitute for a cocos nucifera. One response provided by a PalmTalker was "phoenix reclinata".
In my opinion, phoenix reclinata does not get a "coconutty" look until it is very mature and spreads its trunks out widely. Below are some examples in photos.
On this thread, please join me in by posting photos showing how a phoenix reclinata can have that much-sought-after coconut look, at least somewhat. To my taste, the nicest ones are those with tall and arching trunks, often pruned to have only a few spaced-out trunks remaining.
Here are some examples from a Tampa Bay (Florida) garden that I visited recently. (click to enlarge photos) .
Hi, I'm looking for Phoenix reclinata seedlings or plants in Tasmania.
By Brahea Axel
I started to clean up a mongrel blue phoenix reclinata. it's different from other reclinata species in that the fronds actually are glaucus blue, so I suspect it's a reclinata x dactylifera or reclinata x sylvestris. I was originally going to remove it entirely, but I decided to to see if cutting out some of the suckers and giving it a good trim would make it look good. And the answer is yes, it's simply amazing how a giant formless bush suddenly turned into a real nice graceful clump of palms.
It was hard to cut off actual growing crowns of fronds, but necessary. And after doing half of it, I realized it generated a massive amount of waste that included a lot of really good quality fronds that are in high demand on Palm Sunday, which is this year falls on April 13. Should I wait until Palm Sunday to do the rest? Do any of you wait until Palm Sunday to do major phoenix trimming?