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3 nice Beccariophoenix in 9a SE Jacksonville (at night)

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At a house in the SE Jacksonville area. I know the owner so nobody was alarmed haha. They’ve been in the ground since around 2017. I almost thought these were coconuts! They looked flawless even after the deep cold we got a week or two ago. 

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Reyes Vargas

Those look nice even in the dark.  I just bought two Beccariophonix alfredii off eBay.  At least I hope they are.  It's going to be a while until mine look like that.

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climate change virginia

arent these zone 9b plants?

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Reyes Vargas
26 minutes ago, climate change virginia said:

arent these zone 9b plants?

Palmpedia says that they are hardy to 25 when young and hardier when they get older.  That being said I don't know since I have never had these before.  It also helps if you're in a microclimate.

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CodyORB
1 hour ago, Reyes Vargas said:

Palmpedia says that they are hardy to 25 when young and hardier when they get older.  That being said I don't know since I have never had these before.  It also helps if you're in a microclimate.

These were planted before the 2018 freeze which saw ~25F in the area (St Augustine airport had 26F and is about 15 miles south) I wasn’t able to monitor damage on the palms then but they survived. They were undamaged after a 32F with frost accumulation last week.

As for microclimates, there are no major bodies of water nearby. The first palm sits in the open with zero canopy; the other 2 sit next to a screened in area facing south but no canopy. I am impressed at the resilience!

This is technically a 9a, but years in a row  go by with 9b or even 10a minimums and then a 2010-like 8b freeze comes in. 

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