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STEVE IN SO CAL

Pritchardia Hildebrandtii

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STEVE IN SO CAL

One plant, 5' OA height

22f, multiple hours and nights below freezing

80% defoliated

Fully recovered

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spockvr6

Small specimen (~3-4 ft high) went through three nights in a row of 35.0,33.5,36.8F undamaged 1/2009. No frost on leaves.

This same palm also took a windy 30F in 1/2008 and was undamaged. This was remarkable to me as I planted it but 3 weeks before that freeze.

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Phoenikakias

Two consecutive nights with freezing temps and one day with snow. In detail on 1/9/17 from 0:00 am until 9:00   am constantly below zero with below -1 C from 5:30 am to 8:15 am and absolute min. of - 1.8 C from 6:20 am to 6:45 am. Max temperature same day 5.8 C at 1:10 pm. On 1/10/17 constant subzero from 0:00 am to 3:30 am with an absolute min of -0.5 C around midnight. Asolute max. on same day 7.1 pm at 10:06 pm, but snow remained on leaves from dawn to late afternoon. During cold spell dew point was always remaining below actual temperature. Plant well established with southwestern exposure and lacking whatever overhead canopy. Protected was only the stem around meristem. Faired better than expected, of course it skows damage, but plant looks so far quite pristine.

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