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Very nice!  Looks like they are reproducing too.

Lakeland, FL

USDA Zone (2012): 9b | Sunset Zone: 26 | Record Low: 20F/-6.67C (1985, 1962) | Record Low USDA Zone: 9a | 30-Year Avg. Low: 30F | 30-year Min: 24F

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trachycarpus love North Carolina's piedmont. they don't seem to do that well in the sandy soil of the coast.

Zone 8a/8b Greenville, NC 

Zone 9a/9b Bluffton, SC

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Back in April, I took my professional engineering exam in Raleigh at UNC.  The road to the hotel I stayed in (well into the suburbs) was lined with trachy's.  They seem to do pretty well in Raleigh.  This was not a protected area, either.  Wide open, no heat island effect, nowhere near the actual city itself.

 

https://goo.gl/maps/BQm1RR5yYbJ2

 

You can see them at the link above.  And remember, this was after a record cold January.  You can also see what appears to be a needle palm, and a pretty mature butia that looks to have been killed.  Butia's have absolutely no business growing in Raleigh.

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On 9/30/2018, 11:56:37, NC_Palms said:

trachycarpus love North Carolina's piedmont. they don't seem to do that well in the sandy soil of the coast.

They do great here in the Wilmington area.  It is true you don't see them on the barrier islands at the beaches, but that's it. Wilmington proper and Leland, they're everywhere.  Some are very large, too.

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On 10/7/2018, 3:34:23, Anthony_B said:

Back in April, I took my professional engineering exam in Raleigh at UNC.  The road to the hotel I stayed in (well into the suburbs) was lined with trachy's.  They seem to do pretty well in Raleigh.  This was not a protected area, either.  Wide open, no heat island effect, nowhere near the actual city itself.

 

https://goo.gl/maps/BQm1RR5yYbJ2

 

You can see them at the link above.  And remember, this was after a record cold January.  You can also see what appears to be a needle palm, and a pretty mature butia that looks to have been killed.  Butia's have absolutely no business growing in Raleigh.

the part about pindos seems to have been proven true.  they just dont work there.  however there are some sabal palmetto there.  at this establishment there was once around 6 sabal palmettos.  now there are 2 left and a bunch of volunteers where some large ones once stood.

https://www.google.com/maps/@35.8872626,-78.745246,3a,15y,216.17h,88.88t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sGpTDerm_zKmaJGkmLbaYaQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

the only other palmetto I know of (besides in jaycee park) is this one planted around 5 years ago.  looks great after this past winter!

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On 10/7/2018, 3:35:37, Anthony_B said:

They do great here in the Wilmington area.  It is true you don't see them on the barrier islands at the beaches, but that's it. Wilmington proper and Leland, they're everywhere.  Some are very large, too.

That is true, I remember seeing a bunch in the Wilmington area. I wonder why they are lacking in the OBX? 

Zone 8a/8b Greenville, NC 

Zone 9a/9b Bluffton, SC

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1 hour ago, NC_Palms said:

That is true, I remember seeing a bunch in the Wilmington area. I wonder why they are lacking in the OBX? 

From the pictures I've seen, palms in general are lacking in OBX.  Technically, Wilmington is a strong 8a, while portions of the OBX are 8b, so you'd think they would do better there.  Maybe the issue is heat.  It is true that the absolute minimums tend to be lower here in Wilmington, but the average daytime highs are significantly higher down my way all year.  Maybe that has something to do with it.

Or, the problem could be that palms are just not their preference of landscaping in the OBX.  It is definitely a smaller town culture, and they tend to go for pine trees up there.  Wilmington and its beaches are bordering South Carolina, so the palm culture down here is much more pronounced.  Maybe the issue with OBX is if they don't care to plant even native palmetto, then why bother with foreign species of palms?

I just moved into my brand new house 10 days ago and my house is already the talk of the street because I'm the lone guy with a palmetto in the front.  This block, it's mostly ugly evergreen bushes and crepe myrtles (they went for "grove" landscaping in this portion of the subdivision).  I did some wheeling and dealing and traded all my landscaping for one full-size palm, and it's already pushing out new growth from its hurricane cut :)

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