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Palm hunting in Richmond, southeast London


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So I had a couple of hours spare and challenged myself to see as many palms as possible in the Richmond area of London, which is in the southeast of capital. I have put together a photo-documented record of palms in this vicinity of the city and their progress up to now.

First up, Butia Odorata…

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This Jubaea is something else

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The Brahea Armata is getting bigger

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Butia Yatay

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Parajubaea Cocoides growing under the Yatay

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Chamaerops Humilis

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Trachycarpus

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Trithrinax Campestris

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Washingtonia and smaller Jubaea

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Yucca Elephantipes, one of the most common exotic plants in London

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Typical London CIDP

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I had to visit the two Kew/Richmond Robusta’s up close. The neighbour’s front yard has had all the big Trachy’s and Chamaerops cut down though!

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Another Brahea Armata

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It was a mild early February day in southeast London…

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Trachy’s aplenty…

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CIDP’s aplenty too…

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Terrific washingtonia lurking down a side road in Mitcham…

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Spotted a few more CIDP’s as well…

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I actually missed quite a few palms off, but I can’t complain given the decent haul I managed to view  and photograph still, all in the space of about 2-3 hours. That also included a stop at Richmond Park for lunch too, so it was a fairly productive visit. 

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Dry-summer Oceanic climate (9a)

Average annual precipitation - 18.7 inches : Average annual sunshine hours - 1725

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Really nice set of photos, thanks for sharing!  I wish mine were anywhere near these sizes.  I've only planted my garden over the last 1-3 years, so it's going to be a very long wait!

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Manchester, Lancashire, England

53.4ºN, 2.2ºW, 65m AMSL

Köppen climate Cfb | USDA hardiness zone 9a

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Love the lurking washie. That is so cool. I'd never imagined London as a place compatible with palms.

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@UK_Palms ... Still jealous of the Jubaea!

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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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Again a great documentation - thank you very much for all your efforts and to provide it here on palmtalk!

 

regards

Lars

 

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Amazing palms, what is the USDA equivalent zone for this part of London?

Inground-   1x Syagrus romanzoffiana 2x Livingstona Chinensis 5x Phoenix Robelleni 

In Pots-  3x Sabal Mexicana 5x Phoenix dactylifera 4x Sabal Palmetto 3x Livingstona Chinensis 3x Ravenea Rivularis 6x Cycas Revoluta

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11 hours ago, Little Tex said:

Amazing palms, what is the USDA equivalent zone for this part of London?

Zone 9a with probably a few  low end of zone 9b areas 

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On 2/26/2022 at 11:14 AM, Ryland said:

Really nice set of photos, thanks for sharing!  I wish mine were anywhere near these sizes.  I've only planted my garden over the last 1-3 years, so it's going to be a very long wait!

Likewise, I have only really been growing palms for about 4-5 years now really. I got my first Trachy and CIDP back in like mid 2017 I think it was. I have expanded my collection considerably since then, but most of my stuff is still pretty small. We are both decades away from having truly impressive gardens like some of the ones you see on here, but just I look forward to the palm growing journey and experience. Thankfully we are both relatively young and should have plenty of time on our side to see them grow. Realistically, I should have another 60-70 years left.

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Average annual precipitation - 18.7 inches : Average annual sunshine hours - 1725

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On 2/26/2022 at 1:26 PM, Frond-friend42 said:

Love the lurking washie. That is so cool. I'd never imagined London as a place compatible with palms.

There are a lot of washies in London now and a lot lurking in back yards or down side streets. I have identified approximately 130 washingtonia specimens that are over 20 foot in height in London with some approaching 35 foot now. There's probably quite a lot more lurking out there in back yards too. 99% of the CIDP's and Washies were planted tiny. 

Here is one in London that I have never really posted, since it is obscured behind a wall in a Fulham back yard. This one is really taking off now though and growing about 2-3 foot each year, so it is getting more impressive and rising above the 9-10 foot fence. The next Google street view update should be good. There are two massive 40 foot CIDP's right nearby to this one too, including the biggest in London. The huge 35 foot Robusta by the pool isn't far away from this one either. It's in a bit of a hotspot. 

 

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Average annual precipitation - 18.7 inches : Average annual sunshine hours - 1725

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