Hello everyone! I moved into my neighborhood (Saint Johns, Fla/just north of St Augustine, south of Jax) about a year and a half ago now, but have been visiting the area for years, as my mother & Aunt have lived here for years. Regardless, upon exploring the area, (about 15 miles inland from the Atlantic, centered between the St Johns River and the Intracoastal) I found some palms that normally could not be found in a typical Zone 9a climate. I found some established foxtails right off of the Shands bridge (more like 25 miles inland), though right near the river (as are the royals up in Jax). Also, a good-sized majesty, which I’ve seen for years now, tons in my neighborhood, especially planted in courtyards. Finally, some palms I’m not familiar with, a neighbor told me they could be beccariophoenix alfredii, but I’m not quite sure. They are newer, but were there when I moved in, so I can’t say how long they have been there, only that they took the winter unscathed. With this being said, some of my neighbors also have other zone 9b+ palms and other tropicals, such as bismarcks (15+ feet), Pink ti cordylines, Dracaena marginata, Red ensete bananas, birds of paradise and others, all at least 4-5 feet tall, none of which died back this year (only took some minor damage). My next door neighbor (another palm enthusiast) is convinced the whole neighborhood has a great microclimate, both of our thermostats read 28.9 degrees on the coldest night of the year in our 9a zone. Anyways, just thought I’d share some of my findings, I’ve always loved the concept of zone-pushing, especially if you have the right microclimate. I will upload some more pics another time in the “Other Tropicals” forum, of some of my neighbor’s gardens. FYI I am working on uploading some pics now...
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Good evening, I have several single, double and triple foxtail palms planted throughout my yard in Clearwater, Florida. I have recently noticed that a single trunk on one of my triples has yellow saw dust like strands protruding from the base and the lower fronds are browning. The new spear appears healthy. From the research I've done I believe the palm may be infested with borer's. Any suggestions or thoughts on how to save this palm and prevent further infestation of my other Foxtails, Alexander's, Adonidia and Queens is greatly appreciated.
Nicole and Mike