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1 hour ago, DreaminAboutPalms said:

January 2021....these were probably best pure Robusta’s in Austin 

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Yeah, it will be nice when we get somewhat back to that point. I’m tired of looking at dead or half dead palms. I saw two Washingtonia Filifera outside Beecave on 12, with the largest trunks I’ve probably seen in the area. Both dead, yet Filibusta in the area recovering. I know Filibusta survival is hit or miss too, but  it seems the Robusta genetics combine wet tolerance to the Filiferas dry cold tolerance.

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9 hours ago, Meangreen94z said:

Yeah, it will be nice when we get somewhat back to that point. I’m tired of looking at dead or half dead palms. I saw two Washingtonia Filifera outside Beecave on 12, with the largest trunks I’ve probably seen in the area. Both dead, yet Filibusta in the area recovering. I know Filibusta survival is hit or miss too, but  it seems the Robusta genetics combine wet tolerance to the Filiferas dry cold tolerance.

Filiferas have been very hit or miss some have full crowns (check out the palm condo on steck avenue), and some are dead. I think this winter storm was probably a little bit wet for their liking. From what I've seen, the majority of the dead filiferas are in spots that receive tons of runoff water while the alive ones are planted on a slight mound. 

I've been very surprised at number of robusta leaning hybrids that have come back, I think growing offspring from those survivors is the best method going forward 

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More Robusta hybrids just starting to push growth at the boat restaurant off mopac and braker. Amazing how long these have taken 

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3 hours ago, DreaminAboutPalms said:

More Robusta hybrids just starting to push growth at the boat restaurant off mopac and braker. Amazing how long these have taken 

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Great news, thanks for posting! I've been wondering about these, but couldn't get a good look from the highway.

With all the Filibusta hybrids finally recovering, makes me wonder if I should have not cut my 13 footer down :(

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5 hours ago, joetx said:

Great news, thanks for posting! I've been wondering about these, but couldn't get a good look from the highway.

With all the Filibusta hybrids finally recovering, makes me wonder if I should have not cut my 13 footer down :(

Should have kept it but just trunk cut it to see if there’s any live tissue 

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Leaving airport as you are getting off of 71 and onto the 183 north there are about a hundred what appear to be Sabal minor planted along the median. Nice to see those more in public plantings 

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On 8/4/2021 at 6:14 AM, DreaminAboutPalms said:

January 2021....these were probably best pure Robusta’s in Austin 

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Awesome photo 

Jonathan

Katy, TX (Zone 9a)

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No pic, yet...  but Red Roof Inn off of 290 in Manor, about 12-15 minutes east of 183/35 just put in a dozen or so Washingtonia hybrids that appear to be 5-7 feet tall. Manor gets a couple degrees cooler than Austin at night, so these might burn some years, however this is the first public planting of palms in the tiny city of Manor other than the big Sabal minors at Chevron. Hopefully other places in city will follow

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 This pic is from a few weeks ago, but I drove past this same Washingtonia hybrid this morning and it is flowering! Was not expecting that this year 

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Outside of BMC software headquarters by Braker/183. Before freeze they had even more palms, two healthy livistonias, bunch of butias, and mediterranean fan palms with 7 feet of trunk. Sadly all the butias, med fan palms and livistonias died this year. But CIDP look great 

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Beautiful Washingtonias and sabals down by water near Mozart’s coffee roasters and Hula huts. Tons of volunteers on property too, most not even under the mature specimens but just scattered around. Lots of tall surviving Washingtonias around austin I hadn’t seen. I was SHOCKED when I drove past Tarrytown Terrace apartments on Enfield Avenue, They have 4 super tall extremely thin trunked  Washingtonias, and i believe i saw 3 of them recovering with the two tall ones that basically look pure robusta survived

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FEB 2021 PIC - Just before freeze. I was driving by and didn't get to look for too long but tallest two survived, and I think one more may have survived and is barely pushing green but was too shocked at the taller one 

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More pre freeze pics courtesy of google maps street view...... taken about a week before freeze 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, DreaminAboutPalms said:

FEB 2021 PIC - Just before freeze. I was driving by and didn't get to look for too long but tallest two survived, and I think one more may have survived and is barely pushing green but was too shocked at the taller one 

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Did the two palms in the back survive? That would be impressive 

Jonathan

Katy, TX (Zone 9a)

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Washingtonia filifera growth 2007-2019. Important to remember we got no rain down here for a few years, and it shot up once we did start getting more 

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I noticed on the last one with windmills, that there were queens and dates that died in 2010 or 2011. They were left with windmills.

But the neighbors Robustas lived. This was south of Downtown Austin, where most every Robusta north and west died.

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On 9/19/2021 at 3:39 PM, DreaminAboutPalms said:

Kramer lane Washingtonians hybrid looking good. Has pushed out all the deformed fronds now onto the normal mature ones 

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Washies keep growing all winter in Texas or slow down a lot when the weather changes? Just curious if some of the palms that took a bit longer to get going had a shot at full recovery. Hopefully they don’t get hit 2 winters in a row, fingers crossed 

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11 minutes ago, teddytn said:

Washies keep growing all winter in Texas or slow down a lot when the weather changes? Just curious if some of the palms that took a bit longer to get going had a shot at full recovery. Hopefully they don’t get hit 2 winters in a row, fingers crossed 

Texas is a big state, but yes, in the Austin area they grow through the winter if it’s mild. And out near the coast they grow through the winter obviously.

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Here is one of the rare robustas that made it through the Feb 2021 freeze. I should collect seeds from it. It may have some filifera giving it better cold hardiness.

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2 hours ago, Dimovi said:

Here is one of the rare robustas that made it through the Feb 2021 freeze. I should collect seeds from it. It may have some filifera giving it better cold hardiness.

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Where is this one?

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INCREIBLE ! :yay:

I'm calling that one The Miracle Palm  

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