bananaman Posted April 18, 2014 Report Share Posted April 18, 2014 Hello everyone! I'm fairly new to palms, and I'm wondering what palms like alkaline soils and can withstand the cold. The house I'm in right now is essentially on top of a giant rock. We have 1/2-1" of nice, rich topsoil, followed by 1-2" of very hard caliche mixed with large pieces of limestone, then there is just solid limestone and chalk. Austin has hot summers and cold winters. In the summer, the average temperature is probably about 95 for the highs, with lots of days over 100. In the winter, it is not too cold, at least at my house. In the past 12 years, we have not gotten below 19 here, and 19° only happened twice. Usually, our ultimate low is 23-ish. The part of Austin I'm in was upgraded to 9a from 8b in the most recent zone map. This little 9a area is only about a square mile. Anyway, I've got some date palm seedlings going. Can you recommend any other palms for this area? I was thinking, aside from the Washingtonia that are everywhere, that Butia, Livistona, mules, xJubutia, Sabal, and maybe Brahea would do well here. Do you have any other suggestions? -bananaman All images I post are shared under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND License Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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