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What palms to pick up from Miami Beach?

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General Sylvester D. Palm

I will be going to Miami Beach in late March. I live in Myrtle Beach South Carolina and want some type of palm tree that you don't see around here often. I noticed that Miami is a sweet spot for rare palms. So I was wondering if anybody knows about any palms that aren't much talked about that are suitable for an 8B climate? I know their are a lot of nurseries down there. Any good nurseries down there?

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PalmatierMeg

I don't live in Miami but I think you will find nurseries there sell plants for the zone z10/11 climate. People in SFL generally aren't interested in zone 8 palms. You would do better to visit nurseries in Central or North FL, i.e., Orlando and north. I'm not telling you it is absolutely impossible to find a zone 8 palm in Miami but that you will have to do a lot of searching and maybe travel before you do. The selection of palms for a zone 8 climate is sparse so you are basically looking for Butias, Sabals, Trachies, Chamaerops, a Chamaedorea or two and the like. If you are willing to make the effort to protect them, some zone 9 palms may work for you but you will have to work for them. I hope you have gotten a palm book or two to study and take with you.

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RedRabbit

Lytocaryum weddellianum could be a good choice. It's a 9b palm, but it will stay small enough for you to easily protect it. 

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JohnAndSancho
1 hour ago, RedRabbit said:

Lytocaryum weddellianum could be a good choice. It's a 9b palm, but it will stay small enough for you to easily protect it. 

Do you know anybody selling these mail order? All I've seen was Jungle Music. I bought 2 already, but he only has tiny ones. I'd like a bigger one. 

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RedRabbit
29 minutes ago, JohnAndSancho said:

Do you know anybody selling these mail order? All I've seen was Jungle Music. I bought 2 already, but he only has tiny ones. I'd like a bigger one. 

Unfortunately I don’t. They aren’t that rare so I’m sure they’re available in person in SFL, but I have no clue on mail order. If you find a good source let me know. :)

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JohnAndSancho
5 minutes ago, RedRabbit said:

Unfortunately I don’t. They aren’t that rare so I’m sure they’re available in person in SFL, but I have no clue on mail order. If you find a good source let me know. :)

I'm in TX in a small town in the middle of nowhere :crying:

 

My babies from Phil are pretty nice and growing like little green rockets though. 

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