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25 minutes ago, Eric in Orlando said:

Another view of the Bactris gasipaes where you can see the leaning trunks caused by Hurricane Irma. 

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They sure must be fast growers to already start curving back towards the sun, and have that much trunk in less than 2 years!

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1 hour ago, bubba said:

This thread is very interesting. What we have in Orlando is a prolific adventure in Zone Pushing! The work of locating and posting these multiple examples is greatly appreciated. 

Exactly!  Even more, we have an artificially elevated USDA zone due to the urban heat island in an area (Orlando metro area) that was already a warm spot for a place so far north and inland on the Fl Peninsula.

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21 hours ago, pj_orlando_z9b said:

They sure must be fast growers to already start curving back towards the sun, and have that much trunk in less than 2 years!

It is a fast grower. 

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Eric

Orlando, FL

zone 9b/10a

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22 hours ago, pj_orlando_z9b said:

 

Neoveitchia storckii , planted spring 2010 at Leu Gardens. 

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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It was planted in July 2010. I had 3 small ones I had gotten from Floribunda. 2 were planted out in 2009 but killed in the 09-10 winter. The 3rd was kept in the greenhouse so I planted it out and it has grown well since. 

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Eric

Orlando, FL

zone 9b/10a

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Sea World 5/4. I thought those were coconuts planted at Infinity Falls but looks like veitchia?

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Sea world does a great job pushing the boundaries. New plantings also include autograph plants. 

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Disney planted Clusia by the Living Seas at Epcot. They survived the 2009-10 freeze and still growing well. Also some Seagrapes.  This first photo is very interesting as there is Pinus thunbergii, Japanese Black Pine behind the Clusia. Those have been these since the Living Seas opened in 1986. So here is a temperate conifer surviving for over 30 years mixed with tropicals.

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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That is pretty cool Eric.  To my surprise, with my involvement with the bonsai community, I learned that Pinus thunbergii (Japanese black pine) can thrive in warm subtropical and tropical locations such as Orlando, Miami and even Puerto Rico.

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3 hours ago, palmsOrl said:

That is pretty cool Eric.  To my surprise, with my involvement with the bonsai community, I learned that Pinus thunbergii (Japanese black pine) can thrive in warm subtropical and tropical locations such as Orlando, Miami and even Puerto Rico.

Thats the only ones I have seen in ground around here that have survived long term. In the past I had seen others planted out in Asian/Japanese styled gardens but they always died out after 5 years or so. I saw one that lasted about 10. I've never gotten them to grow well here at Leu Gardens.

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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I posted these Veitchia a couple weeks ago but these are closer and clearer.  Stately palm!

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Veitchia IMO are a way better looking palm compared to the Adonidia. Slightly more cold hardy in my experience as well. 

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For those that were hoping to harvest fruit from the coconut palm outside Charley's Steakhouse on International Drive, it appears it was trimmed up and all the nuts were removed:

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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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Yeah, they removed them a couple months ago. I get it for safety but think they would have stood a chance! Such a prize palm for Orlando.  I wish the city would identify champion trees and provide them protection when needed. 

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2 mature Hyophorbe verschaffeltii in downtown Orlando. They are growing in front of the Suntrust building on Orange Ave. Great example of taking advantage of a super protected microclimate. These 2 had hardly any damage after the 2009-10 winter and were planted about 15 years ago. 

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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A couple more of the Hyophorbe lagenicaulis in planters downtown Orlando. There are several dozen scattered around. 

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Eric

Orlando, FL

zone 9b/10a

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Archontophoenix cunninghamiana planted in front of City Hall in downtown Orlando. 

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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This group has one Archontophoenix alexandrae mixed in. 

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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50 minutes ago, Eric in Orlando said:

This group has one Archontophoenix alexandrae mixed in. 

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What is that double in the above photo?

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1 hour ago, palmsOrl said:

What is that double in the above photo?

King palms

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5 year high 42.2C/108F (07/06/2018)--5 year low 2.3C/36F (12/27/2015)--Lowest recent/current winter: 3C/37F (2/24/2022)

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All of the palms at City Hall are Archontophoenix cunninghamaiana except for one A. alexandrae  which is in the last photo.

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Eric

Orlando, FL

zone 9b/10a

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A house in College Park on the south side of Lake Fairview. The driveway is lined with Archontophoenix cunninghamiana. 

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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Another house nearby with a giant Delonix regia and Ravenala madagascariensis. 

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Eric

Orlando, FL

zone 9b/10a

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You didn't see the Thatch palms in downtown Orlando?  I think one of them was seeding out.

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Brevard County, Fl

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4 hours ago, Jimbean said:

You didn't see the Thatch palms in downtown Orlando?  I think one of them was seeding out.

There is one by a parking garage along with a Roystonea borinquena. I haven't gotten by to photo them. Is there more than 1?

 

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Eric

Orlando, FL

zone 9b/10a

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55 minutes ago, Eric in Orlando said:

There is one by a parking garage along with a Roystonea borinquena. I haven't gotten by to photo them. Is there more than 1?

 

I don't remember, I think so.

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Brevard County, Fl

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Syagrus sancona, in Lake Lancaster area south of downtown Orlando. It was planted around 1993/94. A palm enthusiast used to or still lives there as there are somr 30-40ft Archontophoenix cunninghamiana , and a nice Livistona saribus  and Sabal causiarum. 

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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A house in Thornton Park with a Syagrus schizophylla. Another palm enthusiast as there is also Archontophoenix, Bismarkia, Arenga engleri  and Livistona saribus. 

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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A couple more Dypsis lutescens. These are everywhere. 

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Eric

Orlando, FL

zone 9b/10a

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Lots of noce Wodyetia in the historic Lake Cherokee and Lake Davis neighborhoods south of downtown Orlando. Heres a few. 

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Eric

Orlando, FL

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