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Some old Dothan Alabama palms in January 2021

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Lots of old sabals and newer little Sabals have popped up all over the neighborhoods around downtown Dothan. 
 

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Desert DAC

The Sabal you show are huge!

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Steve in Florida

I remember the Livistona chinensis at the convenience store were planted from three gallon pots. 

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Manalto

Those tall sabals are T A L L !

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Jtee
2 hours ago, Steve in Florida said:

I remember the Livistona chinensis at the convenience store were planted from three gallon pots. 

Damn! How long ago do you think that was? im tempted to go trim one up to make it look good but just don’t know where to dispose of the fronds. I’m sure the fronds  are much larger than I imagine right now when I actually cut them off and see them up close. Don’t know if they’ll even fit in my vehicle, it’s a good excuse to get lots of seed also. 

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Jtee
1 hour ago, Manalto said:

Those tall sabals are T A L L !

 

7 hours ago, Desert DAC said:

The Sabal you show are huge!

Yes.  definitely some old timer sabals. There are lots of sabals all over town but downtown has the old taller ones. 

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Steve in Florida
1 hour ago, Jtee said:

Damn! How long ago do you think that was? im tempted to go trim one up to make it look good but just don’t know where to dispose of the fronds. I’m sure the fronds  are much larger than I imagine right now when I actually cut them off and see them up close. Don’t know if they’ll even fit in my vehicle, it’s a good excuse to get lots of seed also. 

I don't know exactly but likely more than 15 and less than thirty years ago.  Landscapers/lawn crew usually remove dead leaves annually but the seeds look fully mature for the first time. 

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Las Palmas Norte

The first thing that strikes me seeing these pics, is that there's no accompanying landscaping with those palms, unless they're planted on commercial property. Nice specimen and variety of palms. 

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Jesse PNW
43 minutes ago, Las Palmas Norte said:

The first thing that strikes me seeing these pics, is that there's no accompanying landscaping with those palms, unless they're planted on commercial property. Nice specimen and variety of palms. 

It looks like most of those palms have been around for a very long time.  Whoever planted them is long gone, and no one cares.  This will be the story of my life.  My grandchildren probably won't even see the Jubaea I've planted, they'll move away and live somewhere else.  And whoever lives here won't even notice that these palms are something special and don't belong here.  They'll probably cut them down so they can expand the yard and plant more grass seed, and an Arborvitae they bought at Wal-mart on clearance.  

Psalm 103:15
As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

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Dartolution

@Jesse PNW the part about the clearance Arborvitae got me good. hahahaha 

17 hours ago, Las Palmas Norte said:

The first thing that strikes me seeing these pics, is that there's no accompanying landscaping with those palms, unless they're planted on commercial property. Nice specimen and variety of palms. 

@Las Palmas Norte Keep in mind that all the sabals are a native. 

Those butias really deserve their own space IMO. I love stand alone specimen sized butia. 

 

Also, Sago's are planted like crazy in central and south Alabama and the Florida panhandle. 

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Manalto

I like the sagos despite the fact that they're way over-planted. They have a beautiful gloss on their leaves and a definite architectural presence. 

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bruce Steele

JessePNW,  I think palms are an investment in the future. I am almost 70 now and the long lived trees like Jubaea or Bunya Bunya are going into the ground here on my farm. No I won’t be here to see them in their grandeur but I have grown an appreciation for longevity.  And some trees are just so dang big that getting them removed is more trouble than it’s worth. 
 And what will the world look like in eighty years when earths average temperature may be +3C.   We hit 50C in the Santa Ynez Valley a couple years ago.  I don’t know what heat stress does to an adult palm but the young ones in the greenhouse didn’t like it, but survived. So planting palms at the northern edge of their growing range now may be the best way to preserve them long term,  I am planting Jubaea, and dates, Butia because they are long lived fruit bearing trees( that can handle heat ) and even though the people who eventually harvest them will have no idea who planted them they probably will realize that someone planted a lot of fruit bearing palms and nut trees. 

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Manalto

Bruce, if only more people thought as you do, rather than seeking to gratify their fleeting neuroses.

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