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The look of a Mule palm?


sashaeffer

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Can a Mule palm look more like a Pindo than a Queen? seems like most pictures I've seen on the web the leaves are more soft like a Queen but arch like a Pindo.

Here are pics of two palms that I bought from same person. First pic are of the "mule" and last pic are of a Pindo. While I can see the "mule" is much more green, it's fronds are more stiff like a Pindo, but also much closer together than the true Pindo palm. I can't say it's been a real fast grower, but steady..just like the Pindo.

"Mule"

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Pindo

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I don't have one yet, and probably should not even comment, but I would suspect that it is possible for some mules to pick up more characteristics of one parent over the other. I plan on buying one from Moultrie since I heard they have some awesome ones. They have pictures on their website that might be good for comparison. I am curious as to how the experts/owners respond.

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Yes, I have looked at various pictures on Google and yes, some trunks at least looked different but a youtube video showed a guy letting the fronds fall over his fingers and the fronds were almost exactly like a queen.

This seems to be THE place to buy high quality Mules as I believe that is all they do.

http://mulepalm.com/

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Interesting information to be sure! I never knew the fronds typically are so soft like that. Here is a link to the site I was talking about earlier. They only sell mule palms too. Thanks for posting the link to the other. It is always good to compare.

http://www.moultriepalms.com/Pages/default.aspx

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I think that is Eric's site, he is the Mule expert here. I cannot tell much of a difference until they start showing trunk or are older, especially with the F2 hybrids.

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Neither of those look like mules to me. I am not an expert, but the first looks like a Butia yatay, the second an odorata. Even if I am wrong about that, I'm pretty positive the first is not an odorata mule, judging by the petiole bases.

Ben Rogers

On the border of Concord & Clayton in the East Bay hills - Elev 387 ft 37.95 °N, 121.94 °W

My back yard weather station: http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/hdfForecast?query=37.954%2C-121.945&sp=KCACONCO37

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I know the 2nd one isn't a Mule, I was just using that as a comparison since both came from same grower.

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Pretty sure the first one is a Butia yatay - does not look like a mule at all.

Ben Rogers

On the border of Concord & Clayton in the East Bay hills - Elev 387 ft 37.95 °N, 121.94 °W

My back yard weather station: http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/hdfForecast?query=37.954%2C-121.945&sp=KCACONCO37

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That's what I was thinking after looking at other pictures, plus it hasn't been a fast grower at all.

Nice palm and all, but not what I had hoped.

I appreciate all the replies.

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You need to find a yatay mule. I just got one a couple of weeks back. I hope it turns out looking like Keith's.

Ben Rogers

On the border of Concord & Clayton in the East Bay hills - Elev 387 ft 37.95 °N, 121.94 °W

My back yard weather station: http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/hdfForecast?query=37.954%2C-121.945&sp=KCACONCO37

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Yes, we've figured that out now. Seller of that palm contacted me and let me know that and we're figuring things out.

I'll still end up getting one, as it's on my "must have" list, and I'll just end up having two potted Pindos! At least they do look different.

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I think the first one, what I think is a B yatay, is particularly nice. They grow taller and with thinner trunk than odorata, as well.

Ben Rogers

On the border of Concord & Clayton in the East Bay hills - Elev 387 ft 37.95 °N, 121.94 °W

My back yard weather station: http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/hdfForecast?query=37.954%2C-121.945&sp=KCACONCO37

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