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New York City is a high end zone 7b, cold hardy palms are very rare, but they’re there if you know where to look. Tropical palms, however, are all over the place during the warmer months.

Sabal minor growing out in the open in Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan:

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It’s flowering, hopefully it seeds so I can grab them all lol, anyone want a Manhattan Minor?

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Here’s Trachycarpus fortunei growing on the Lower East Side of Manhattan:

One in the back looks dead:

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Picture perfect:

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Biggest Trachycarpus I’ve ever seen:

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Crown looks a bit tattered:

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The Trachys were growing amongst 50-60 foot bamboo:

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Kind of scary (to me) to be underneath all of this when the wind started blowing, it felt like they were going to snap.

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Christmas Palms, these are probably second to Majesty Palms as the most popular palm in NYC:

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A nice Roebelenii, these are also super popular:88547D21-CA66-4202-A45B-17F26C6FF1AF.thumb.jpeg.419644fb1192e4161e658ef622265c06.jpeg

Trunking Yucca:

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Palms (and miscellaneous large plants) for sale:

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Kentias, a bit pricy, small one was $65:

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More Christmas Palms and a Washingtonia at Lido Beach:

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Last summer I stumbled upon an outdoor restaurant with hoards of tall trunking Coconuts and other palms, I don’t remember where it was and I’m kicking myself for not taking pictures.

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@cm05 I love seeing Sabal minor and Rhapidophyllum hystrix expand their range as well as seeing Trachycarpus used in marginal areas.  Thanks for sharing!

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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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On 8/31/2019 at 1:34 PM, cm05 said:

Last summer I stumbled upon an outdoor restaurant with hoards of tall trunking Coconuts and other palms, I don’t remember where it was and I’m kicking myself for not taking pictures.

In Ocean City Maryland there is a Caribbean-themed restaurant called Secrets Jamaica that would haul in Cocos and whatnot and treat them like annuals.

Street view

Apparently from other threads this VERY common in the area.

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On 8/31/2019 at 1:30 PM, cm05 said:

Palms (and miscellaneous large plants) for sale:

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Kentias, a bit pricy, small one was $65:

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More Christmas Palms and a Washingtonia at Lido Beach:

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That Kentia at $65 would be more than reasonable if for sale here in Central Florida.  I would snatch it up if I had the cash.

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59 minutes ago, palmsOrl said:

That Kentia at $65 would be more than reasonable if for sale here in Central Florida.  I would snatch it up if I had the cash.

Knowing what I know now I would’ve snatched it up, when this virus situation blows over I want to head back over there and see if they have any. They always have the big ones, the small ones must go quickly.

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1 hour ago, CodyORB said:

In Ocean City Maryland there is a Caribbean-themed restaurant called Secrets Jamaica that would haul in Cocos and whatnot and treat them like annuals.

Street view

Apparently from other threads this VERY common in the area.

I always love to see palms but I hate to see them treated as annuals, especially here in the coastal Mid-Atlantic (VA to NY) where cold hardy palms have already proven themselves.

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How on Earth does New York have more palm choices than South Carolina?

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Los Angeles, CA and Myrtle Beach, SC.

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On 8/31/2019 at 1:34 PM, cm05 said:

Last summer I stumbled upon an outdoor restaurant with hoards of tall trunking Coconuts and other palms, I don’t remember where it was and I’m kicking myself for not taking pictures.

Found it!! The name is Gitano NYC, it’s supposed to mimic Tulum, Mexico (they also have a restaurant there that mimics NYC). It’s a seasonal restaurant/bar/lounge that stays in NYC through October and heads to Miami for the winter, which is good since the palms don’t have to die.

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On 7/10/2020 at 7:00 PM, Brad Mondel said:

How on Earth does New York have more palm choices than South Carolina?

Lol I’d quickly trade better palm choices for your better climate.

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