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Zone 10 Palms in the Orlando Area Mega Thread

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GottmitAlex
On 9/21/2020 at 5:43 AM, Eric in Orlando said:

Found these Coconuts north of Orlando. They are growing between Longwood and Sanford north of the NW corner of Lake Jessup on Myrtle St. This is a more open, colder location. By looking at Streetview images they look to have been planted around 2016/2017.

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Whoah!

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Eric in Orlando

A Royal and Coconut growing at a nursery along Piedmont-Wekiva Road, between Apopka and Forest City. 

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CodyORB
On 9/28/2020 at 10:58 AM, Eric in Orlando said:

A few palms at my Mom's house near downtown Orlando. 

a flowering Caryota no nearly 50ft tall,

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Better have a lot of $$$ put aside for when it's done flowering!

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chinandega81

Looks like South Florida from that pic at the nursery. I hope Central Florida is becoming more tropical long term!!

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pj_orlando_z9b

Found these nice veitchia (?) While golfing at Disney's Lake Buena Vista course. 

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pj_orlando_z9b

Some majesty palms at Ventura Lakes 

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Eric in Orlando

Its amazing researching through old letters, photos, etc. in Orlando's history that zone 10 palms in Orlando are not a recent trend. In the past I have found photos and accounts of fruiting coconuts, mature royals, Adonidia, Caryota, Polyandrococos, etc. in the Orlando area prior to the freezes in the late 1950s. I just came across this from a summary of a letter of famous horticulturalist Henry Nehrling to another famous horticulturist Theodore Mead (both lived in the area; Gotha and Lake Charm). It was written May 2, 1924 and concerns a mature, fruiting Elaeis guineensis growing in Lake Eola park in downtown Orlando. At the time Nehrling was splitting time from his house in Gotha and his other residence in Naples.

"...When spending a few days at home during ------ April I found an Elaeis guineensis in fruit in Eola Park at Orlando. Werner had written me about it. He said that he planted it out about eleven years ago. I thought that he must be mistaken and told him so. But he insisted that he was right, and while up home he took me to the specimen and surely, it was Elaeis guneensis. It had still a number of red ripe fruits, and I brought a few home with me."

 

https://lib.rollins.edu/olin/oldsite/archives/nehrlingletters.pdf

 

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Oviedo_z10b_lol
On 10/29/2020 at 1:44 PM, Eric in Orlando said:

famous horticulturist Theodore Mead (both lived in the area; Gotha and Lake Charm).

I’m assuming Theodore mead is the namesake for the Mead Manor neighborhood in oviedo? 
 

and thanks for sharing!

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Eric in Orlando
19 hours ago, Oviedo_z10b_lol said:

I’m assuming Theodore mead is the namesake for the Mead Manor neighborhood in oviedo? 
 

and thanks for sharing!

Yes, he owned 80 acres just west of Lake Charm., a lot of it planted in citrus.  At that time Lake Charm was a separate community from Oviedo.

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Eric in Orlando

Some nice Ptychosperma elegans at a house on the south side of Lake Silver in the College Park area of Orlando. 

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Eric in Orlando

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Eric in Orlando
On 10/28/2020 at 9:48 AM, pj_orlando_z9b said:

Found these nice veitchia (?) While golfing at Disney's Lake Buena Vista course. 

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These look like they are actually Archontophoenix alexandrae. 

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pj_orlando_z9b

My alfredii putting on some size. 

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