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Borassus aethiopum


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Sorry, Allen. Borassus is an awesome palm--the heaviest palm in the world and a valuable palm, second only to the coconut in food value, but it will not grow in Panama City. I know of certain circumstances where it was too cold in South Florida for this palm(but many adult palms can be found in South Florida). I don't think they like prolonged cool weather either... I do know that during a cold snap, it's best to keep it on the dry side. Welcome to Palmtalk :)

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Yeah, I saw a few web sites talking about 19 degrees but I didnt take into consideration that they were large trees.

Thanks for the input.

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If a Borassus could take 19 degrees, then it would be pretty huge and also pretty injured by it--and it couldn't take that cold for any serious duration of time...

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Dr. Young's property still has mature B. aethiopum in Tampa that were planted in the 1960's.  Mature specimens are easily zone 9b specimens nearly as hardy as a Bismarckia.

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Tampa, Interbay Peninsula, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10A

Bokeelia, Pine Island, Florida, USA

subtropical USDA Zone 10B

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