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That homeowner has some good taste in palms. :D beautiful pic from google. 

The palm to the far right at first glance looks like a nannorrhops ritchiana silver form. Arabica I believe. Not to sure though. I've been out of the game for awhile :/ possibly a suckering brahea dulcis? 

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Hesperia,Southern CA (High Desert area). Zone 8b

Elevation; about 3600 ft.

Lowest temp. I can expect each year 19/20*f lowest since I've been growing palms *13(2007) Hottest temp. Each year *106

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There is another non armata brahea on the back side of that house. Ill have to check that out next time im down there. 

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The other brahea in the backyard is dead. There were a few c. Radicalis, pauritus palm, n. Ritcheana, butia odorata,  three very large armata, arenga engleri, a few sabal minors, silver serenoa repens, med fans and a large unknown sabal(palmetto) and a big queen. 

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Bellaire. Those look to have been planted long ago, before that area turned affluent. Those palms may be part of the reason that house hasn’t been torn down for a McMansion. I’ll have to stop by one day.

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I really need to start adding pics to this thread. Since Florida , Hawaii , California all have there own threads and obviously represented well =) Calling all Houston PTers to blow this thread up !!! Also the many PTers that have visited Houston and its surrounding cities full of palms. 

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11 hours ago, OC2Texaspalmlvr said:

I really need to start adding pics to this thread. Since Florida , Hawaii , California all have there own threads and obviously represented well =) Calling all Houston PTers to blow this thread up !!! Also the many PTers that have visited Houston and its surrounding cities full of palms. 

Okay. You talked me into it. 

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Nothing too impressive there except for maybe the royals and the triple spindle. Those are both in Galveston. The rest are at my house. 

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1 minute ago, necturus said:

Where did you get the large majesty? I think these are worth a try in protected spots. 

I bought it at Flamingo Gardens in Galveston. Here’s a picture of one in my neighborhood. I found another one that looks even better a few miles away. 

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13 hours ago, Jeff985 said:

I bought it at Flamingo Gardens in Galveston. Here’s a picture of one in my neighborhood. I found another one that looks even better a few miles away. 

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Any idea what the bud hardiness is? I have a couple fairly protected spots I've been thinking about planting mine in but I've had it for about 3 years and don't want to lose it. 

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In January on 2018 we had s hard freeze here. If I recall the weather station closest to here, which about a mile further inland of this, bottomed out at 22 degrees. There was a post a couple months ago of a bigger one in New Orleans. Parts of New Orleans got down to 19f. That one is too large to protect. The one that I posted here I doubt was protected based on the conditions of its surroundings. There was a post on here a couple years ago of two in Tallahassee that have seen teens on multiple occasions. 

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Photo 1: Large plumeria (one of my neighbors). Fairly common in my area. 

Photo 2: Archontopheonix cunninghamiana (mine). Survived one winter without protection so far. It also survived being dug up and moved. It’s sibling didn’t handle the move so well. 

I’ll drive around and take more pics when I get a day off. 

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22 hours ago, Jeff985 said:

In January on 2018 we had s hard freeze here. If I recall the weather station closest to here, which about a mile further inland of this, bottomed out at 22 degrees. There was a post a couple months ago of a bigger one in New Orleans. Parts of New Orleans got down to 19f. That one is too large to protect. The one that I posted here I doubt was protected based on the conditions of its surroundings. There was a post on here a couple years ago of two in Tallahassee that have seen teens on multiple occasions. 

Yeah, we saw 19*F where I was at near Pearland at the time. North of I-10 and to the West saw even colder. The queen palms in neighbors front yard that saw morning shade, both died. 
 

Ive been to Flamingo Gardens. They have a few massive Beaucarnea Recurvata for sale right now. I took a picture of one. You don’t usually see those beyond pot size in Houston, but I guess Galveston being 9B makes it possible.

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Over the years I have often spotted this majesty just off of 610 South, but I have never been able to get a picture nor remember exactly where it is. Well, I saw it again today and managed to find it on Google streetview. It has been there since 2008, at which point it already had a trunk. It is in a very protected spot, but it is still a credit to the hardiness of majesties, as it has survived and grow a fair bit. Don't mind all the trash on the ground in the last screenshot. :P

 

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In an attempt to breathe some life into this thread, I took a stroll around my neighborhood and snapped some pics. Here are some pygmys. Fairly common in certain parts of the Houston area. 

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I grew up in Bellaire and lived in Houston until 1989. The 80s was an incredibly cold decade .Almost everything "tropical" was destroyed. It is so nice to see so many palms and tropicals returning to popularity.

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Las Heliconias - jungle garden ,800m elevation,150+ inches rainfall, year round 15-28c

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I’ll have to take more photos when I’m out, I just posted a bunch in the General Forum on the Rio Grande Valley. I’ll have to do it alone, my wife always gets embarrassed.:D

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Butia in Clear Lake

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Not very pretty or spectacular, but Attalea Cohune (came back after freezing to the ground in 15 degrees a couple years back)

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