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Could a queen palm grow in Julian, Ca

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Aidandp

Just wondering, according to plantmaps it is zone 8b-9a

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JLM

I dont see any palms on google maps there, so probably not. Im not very familiar with California climate, so someone from that area could give much better input. Welcome to PT!

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ahosey01
1 hour ago, Aidandp said:

Just wondering, according to plantmaps it is zone 8b-9a

Most likely not.  Yall are high up there and I know you get some fairly significant snows on occasion.

You could probably try a Brahea species - armata or something.  You might have luck with that.

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climate change virginia

possibly California is dry cold

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Teegurr
1 hour ago, climate change virginia said:

possibly California is dry cold

They get a bunch of snow there in the winter. I guess maybe when it gets REALLY cold it's usually dry?

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Chris Chance

I would definitely think they don't have a chance long term. The fact there's snow up at that elevation alone says a lot. I went up there years ago in the winter and it was a high of 40 with snow on the ground. I believe queens wouldn't make it through that kind of cold without bud damage and fungal issues. 

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Jubaea_James760

Probably not long term but you could probably get 10-15 years? I'm zone 8b in the High Desert & your winter average lows are higher than mine, so that's a plus! We have Queens in the area ( Victorville, Hesperia) that have been around almost 10 years & 1 I know personally survived 2007 temperature of 12-13f. 

Palmdale & Lancaster (zone 8b as well ) have a ton growing there too.

Snows not really an issue per se. We get a dusting & up to an inch or 2 every year with significant amounts every 5-10 years. 

Just plant in a sunny spot, especially where they get morning sun on winter days. 

 

I just realized your 1000ft higher than me... I still think you could get some years growth but you lack extreme heat durning summer which would allow you more optimal growth to push through winter. Just an observation. 

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BigWaveDav3

Perhaps a Mule Palm instead? 

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Chris Chance

I'm looking at the radar and it's snowing there now and supposed to also tomorrow with a low of 24. Even a mule would have a better chance but in the mountain areas like that I would stick with ultra cold hardy palms or grow nice looking pines.

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