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jaredthesir

Personally, for me it is the always impressive Canary Island Date Palm, with runners up including Nikau Palm and Trachies (due to their ability to grow in so many normally non palmy places). Of course it is hard to not mention the coconut palm in this list as well.

 

Being from Michigan, I want to learn about more types of palms that I have probably never seen, and I want to see some of your favorites!

As an aside I also wanted to thank this community for teaching me so much about palms, as I have a new appreciation and obsession for them, and I CANNOT WAIT to go to Fort Myers next week to see how many palms I can recognize after seeing them here. Cheers!!

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Centraltxpalm

Phoenix dactylifera or a mature ravenea rivularis cant choose.

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Resume

By far and away cocos nucifera which may be boring to some, and even a weed to others, but is emblematic to me.

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tim_brissy_13

Hedyscepe canterburyana

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VA Jeff

I always find this topic funny.  The favored palms here are hated palms to some others.  Inevitable.  One man's treasure is...  Personally, I understand when you have a limited selection of what will grow, you take what you can get, and who cares what others think.  That being said, 90% of the palms where I live at the moment are windmills, and I won't grow another trachycarpus unless it's a princeps.  I even left a 12 foot tall windmill at an old property a few months ago, because I didn't feel like taking it with me.

 

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quaman58

Agree with the above. Two of my favorites are Cocos and Adonidia merelli. Why? Because they’re beautiful AND I can’t grow them. 

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Billeb

I’m a huge fan of Hedycepe Canterburyana, Chambeyronia Houailou and any of those big boy Dypsis like Prestoniana, Bejoufa or the like. 
 

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Palmensammler

My favourites are all kinds of Chamaedorea palms.  After a trip to Costa Rica I felt in love and started to collect them.

They can be kept inside during colder times and stay outside during summer and don't get too big.

Unfortunately getting seeds isn't that easy. Two days ago I purchased two new ones from RPS my only source up to now.

Have nice Sunday.

Eckhard 

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GottmitAlex

:D

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Merlyn

Beccariophoenix Alfredii, without a doubt.  It is the closest thing to a coconut I've ever seen, and they went through 24.4F + frost in my backyard with just a little bit of burn and zero protection.  A close second is Licuala Peltata v. Sumawongii, for the funky big solid fans and excellent cold hardiness.  Small ones also took only minor damage at 24-25F, either in the open or in partial canopy.

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Palmarum

It is hard enough to pick a favorite genus, let alone a favorite species...

If I did have to pick one, instinct points me towards Licuala 'Mapu', i.e. the one in my avatar photo. That palm has drawn me in ever since I first saw it. Plus, I always think it would make for a cool tattoo if done correctly. There are many, many more species in close second.

Ryan

 

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Little Tex

Sabal Mexicana. 

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Looking Glass

I think we all might have certain tendencies….  Some phenotypic preferences colored by uniqueness or lack of availability.  

I know it may be sacrilege, but I don’t really love Coconuts, I’m annoyed by Veichia merrillii, and I hate Ptychosperma elegans.  Mostly because these are are literally everywhere here and kind of cause problems around my lot with power lines, mess, lack up upkeep by neighbors, and they grow like weeds.   

Then again, I love Majesty Palms…. Even though they are just BB store annuals.  I like the fat bases and fluffy fronds.  And they don’t like to grown in the sandy ground here too much, so mostly unobtainable to me in their ultimate form.  
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In general, I find myself drawn toward bigger trunks.  
 

…With flowing fronds on feather palms (like Satakentia, Neoveitchia),

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and spiky, stiff fronds on fan palms (Coccothrinax miraguama, Copernicia, Chamaerops). 

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I also love the durability of Pseudophoenix Sargentii, that’s annoying slow enough to be rarish (though faster than 1/2 my stuff) but has a little bit of all of the above, and tolerates my extremes well.  

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Then, of course, there are the big dypsis in Hawaii and others that are so fantastical, unobtainable, and magnificent that I don’t believe they are even real. 

ps-these are all lifted internet pics… sorry if I stole anyone’s.  

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EJ NJ

Favorite are washingtonia pheonix and chamerops! 

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Billy

Do I dare say my favorite is B. Alfredii over cocos nucifera? Of course I'm most attracted to plants I can't grow in this climate but B. Alfredii does a pretty good coco palm mimic in my opinion making it potentially my favorite palm. A long list of palms fight for 2nd and 3rd place, pretty much all dypsis palms, plus hedyscepe canterburyana, chambeyronia houailou, and a nicely grown howea fosteriana always looks pretty. 

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Looking Glass
Just now, Billy said:

Do I dare say my favorite is B. Alfredii over cocos nucifera? Of course I'm most attracted to plants I can't grow in this climate but B. Alfredii does a pretty good coco palm mimic in my opinion making it potentially my favorite palm. A long list of palms fight for 2nd and 3rd place, pretty much all dypsis palms, plus hedyscepe canterburyana, chambeyronia houailou, and a nicely grown howea fosteriana always looks pretty. 

Durable, fat base, wavy-wavy fronds, fuller more robust looking, small non-traumatic seeds…..  what’s not to love?  

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Billy

@Looking Glass Couldn't agree more! I had said I was going to put an end to the Alfredii purchasing and switch it up but as of recently I'm thinking I may have to grab one more

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WaianaeCrider

Probably my Pseudophoenix vinifera.  Planted around 2003.  I believe it's thriving on the water that leaks from our lily pond.  About 10 years ago my dog jumped in and I believe put a few holes in the liner.  About once a week we need to top it off from a hose.  Picture is from Nov. of 2020.  It produces pounds of seeds each year.

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ego
18 hours ago, Looking Glass said:

Durable, fat base, wavy-wavy fronds, fuller more robust looking, small non-traumatic seeds…..  what’s not to love?  

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There's one thing not to love: their slow growth speed.

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Merlyn
9 minutes ago, ego said:

There's one thing not to love: their slow growth speed.

It probably depends on your climate.  This one was planted in August 2018 as a 5' tall 3 gallon palm.  The tops of the leaves are just over 15' now, so 3.5 years of growth and 10' in height.  It's not the greatest photo due to the overcast skies, but you can see the torched Dypsis Lutescens (front left) and Bottle (front right) and Caryota Mitis (behind it and ~2' taller).  The Mitis was planted in March 2019 at about 5' height too.  So as a comparison, 3 years and 12' in growth on the Mitis = 4' per year.  On the B. Alfredii it's 10' growth in 3.5 years = 2.9' per year. 

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WaianaeCrider
23 hours ago, Little Tex said:

Sabal Mexicana. 

Beautiful palm.  I have 3, but now that they are seeding I got "weeds" growing all over the place.  LOL

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Little Tex

Yeah my grandma has a 40 footer her brother in law took it from Mexico in the 90’s he has one from the same parent, almost 50 feet tall. Hers was partially in the shade.

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Joe The Palm

 

Ah yes Fort Myers... it was the place where I first became a palm enthusiast, after seeing all the Roystonea regia I was hooked.  :drool:

 

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realarch
23 hours ago, WaianaeCrider said:

Probably my Pseudophoenix vinifera.  Planted around 2003.  I believe it's thriving on the water that leaks from our lily pond.  About 10 years ago my dog jumped in and I believe put a few holes in the liner.  About once a week we need to top it off from a hose.  Picture is from Nov. of 2020.  It produces pounds of seeds each year.

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Holy Moly Steve! That hing is a monster!

Tim

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WaianaeCrider
6 hours ago, realarch said:

Holy Moly Steve! That hing is a monster!

Tim

Yup, visitors ask all the time, "is that a Royal".  LOL  Think it's all that pond water.

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ego
13 hours ago, Merlyn said:

It probably depends on your climate.  This one was planted in August 2018 as a 5' tall 3 gallon palm.  The tops of the leaves are just over 15' now, so 3.5 years of growth and 10' in height.  It's not the greatest photo due to the overcast skies, but you can see the torched Dypsis Lutescens (front left) and Bottle (front right) and Caryota Mitis (behind it and ~2' taller).  The Mitis was planted in March 2019 at about 5' height too.  So as a comparison, 3 years and 12' in growth on the Mitis = 4' per year.  On the B. Alfredii it's 10' growth in 3.5 years = 2.9' per year. 

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A real stunner. Dare I say it may look even more beautiful than a cocos. My climate is more like the Californian one so I won't expect any fast growth. May I ask about its fertilizing regime?

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Merlyn
6 hours ago, ego said:

A real stunner. Dare I say it may look even more beautiful than a cocos. My climate is more like the Californian one so I won't expect any fast growth. May I ask about its fertilizing regime?

I fertilize everything 4x per year with 13-3-13 Lesco, so nothing unusual.  But I am in swampy Florida, and this palm is downhill from a gutter downspout.  It's not a big section of roof, but you can just see the corner of the gutter on the right side of the photo.  So it gets a lot of water with our daily summer thunderstorms. :)

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ego
49 minutes ago, Merlyn said:

I fertilize everything 4x per year with 13-3-13 Lesco, so nothing unusual.  But I am in swampy Florida, and this palm is downhill from a gutter downspout.  It's not a big section of roof, but you can just see the corner of the gutter on the right side of the photo.  So it gets a lot of water with our daily summer thunderstorms. :)

Is that a liquid or a slow release fertilizer?

Sounds like a monsoon climate. No wonder. 

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Billeb
On 2/28/2022 at 3:20 PM, Billy said:

@Looking Glass Couldn't agree more! I had said I was going to put an end to the Alfredii purchasing and switch it up but as of recently I'm thinking I may have to grab one more

I’m sure there’s plenty of people down by you to get one being in palm growers haven. They are 50 miles north of you also. :greenthumb:

-dale

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Merlyn
3 hours ago, ego said:

Is that a liquid or a slow release fertilizer?

Sounds like a monsoon climate. No wonder. 

It's a timed release granular, probably about 50% fast release nitrogen.  We get about 60 inches of rain per year, mostly daily storms around 2-3pm from May to October.  So it's humid like a swamp.  I also have driplines on almost all of my palms, the bigger ones only get about 1-2 gallons per day.  It's just to make sure things don't totally dry out, but it's only supplemental.

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ego

Wow. I wouldn't mind watering mine a lot every day in the summer but I guess that cannot replace rain. 

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PalmatierMeg

My favorites vary according to my current fancy. At the moment, I would have to say

 

1. Areca catechu 'Dwarf' - They do great planted in the yard here.

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2. Cocos nucifera Dwarf Red Spicata twins

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realarch

Kerriodoxa elegans, a couple of photos, one with a shovel for scale and one without. Such elegant palms.

Tim

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John hovancsek

Right now it is licuala micholitzii (split leaf) I am having a hard time trying to find out what it will look like full grown 

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sonoranfans
On 2/26/2022 at 8:52 PM, jaredthesir said:

Personally, for me it is the always impressive Canary Island Date Palm, with runners up including Nikau Palm and Trachies (due to their ability to grow in so many normally non palmy places). Of course it is hard to not mention the coconut palm in this list as well.

 

Being from Michigan, I want to learn about more types of palms that I have probably never seen, and I want to see some of your favorites!

As an aside I also wanted to thank this community for teaching me so much about palms, as I have a new appreciation and obsession for them, and I CANNOT WAIT to go to Fort Myers next week to see how many palms I can recognize after seeing them here. Cheers!!

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I have found that owning a palm will potentially change how you feel about it.  After feeding and trimming for a few years I found I didn't like phoenix sylvestris(a nasty cross with dactylifers I expect).  My hands and arms were getting some nasty stabs from he needles and my face(near mis to the eyes) was punctured by a leaflet tip.  the palm needed about 30 dead leaves removed a year, and it was trunking, one day it would be overhead with these leaves falling on someone.  CIDP is  great looking palm as a landscape specimen, but I would never own one if I had to trim it when it trunked.  My favorite phoenix sp is rupicola, doesnt get too big, or grow too fast an its thorns are almost harmless.  I can count on one hand the number of times I was stuck by my rupicola triple in 11 years since planting.  I can deal with that.  But yes, a healthy CIDP is a sight to behold.  

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D Palm

pseudophoenix sargentii. Native and not common. 

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ego

Can't we all just stop pretending and admit that everyone's favourite is cocos nucifera? :lol:

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Billy
3 hours ago, ego said:

Can't we all just stop pretending and admit that everyone's favourite is cocos nucifera? :lol:

This!

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WaianaeCrider
5 hours ago, ego said:

Can't we all just stop pretending and admit that everyone's favourite is cocos nucifera? :lol:

Way to common to be a favorite here in the islands.  EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE.   LOL

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weldertom

Well. Tough to choose. 

 

I do enjoy walking out in the morning with coffee in hand, and stare at this D. cabadae.:rolleyes:

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