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Jubaeas near Düsseldorf, Germany


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Since it's winter and there is not much going on in my garden, I'd like to make a post about some nice Jubaeas in my area in Leverkusen, which is a city just between Cologne and my home town of Düsseldorf, Germany. Idk if they've been discussed in this forum before but I think they are worth talking about. It's only a 15 min drive for me so I took some pictures this spring to check on them, because we had a cold blast in Feb. 2021. They have been there for a while now and I think they (at least some of them) were already there when I started out with exotic plants about 15 years ago. Along with Jubaeas there are all kinds of other exotic plantings in this area and LOTS of Trachys.

These are just some of the plants:

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Small Sabal in the back

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Chamaedorea...

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Just now, Axel Amsterdam said:

That is an amazing sight in Germany. Can you post a streetview link to the area? 

Sadly not because in Germany we only have outdated StreetView and only in the biggest cities and Leverkusen is not one of them. 😅😂 For some reason there are not even posted images. It's located on Wupperstraße in Leverkusen-Rheindorf.

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Ah yes, you can see them on the satellite images though. Do they ever protect the eriospatha?

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21 minutes ago, Axel Amsterdam said:

Ah yes, you can see them on the satellite images though. Do they ever protect the eriospatha?

Well at least that's something lol 😂 To be honest I don't know. I'm just guessing, but considering our local climate they don't have to protect them in a normal winter but they might have protected some of the plants in one of the extreme cold blasts. But I can't tell you for sure... I know about one B. odorata for sure that it has been wrapped in the cold snap of Feburary 2021. This plant is also in my area but a bit higher in altitude with slightly colder temperatures.

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That's amazing! Surprised to see so many palms in Germany

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1 hour ago, Xerarch said:

That's amazing! Surprised to see so many palms in Germany

Thank you! Yes in our mild winter climates in the West they are becoming quite common though. Cheers!

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My mom visited this town way back like 60 years ago. Tha would have made her day if she had noticed how palmy it was in Germany! Looks more like Italy, but so cool to see the palmatazation of these gorgeous European cities!

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20 minutes ago, palmnut-fry said:

My mom visited this town way back like 60 years ago. Tha would have made her day if she had noticed how palmy it was in Germany! Looks more like Italy, but so cool to see the palmatazation of these gorgeous European cities!

That's beautiful! Yeah I don't know if they had so many palms back then Lol. But in my home town there were some Trachys at least by the 1960s. The palmatazation is surely spreading! Cheers!

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Here is an update. Not from me but someone did a winter update video on them a couple of days ago. The video covers the main plantings on the public street which seems to be a project in cooperation with people living around this area. The description provided some more information about it. So apperently the first palms in private back gardens there were planted in the 1960s. This specific project has been started around 2004. As you may already know they are located in a city called Leverkusen which is south of Düsseldorf (where I live - in the south of Düsseldorf even) and north of Cologne. In the description it says that the area has already been considered a 8b USDA zone based on the climate data from 1971-2000. Which was a much colder period. By now the climate has warmed up significantly.
 

 

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Wunderbar!!

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5 year high 42.2C/108F (07/06/2018)--5 year low 4.6C/40.3F (1/19/2023)--Lowest recent/current winter: 4.6C/40.3F (1/19/2023)

 

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I used the Sunday's quietness to take some updade pictures. I'm also including some other species than Jubaea chilensis in this post. Despite a couple of heat waves in the winter it was overall a bad one with lots of humidity and several freezes. I was curious at how these plantings fare. Some of those Jubaeas don't look that great while some others look very nice.

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Sabal grew quite a bit in a year.

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There seems to be another feather palm in there. Not sure what it is...

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Nicely coloured Opuntia.

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Needle palm. Quite rare here. I once had one but dug it out and gave it to our Botanical Garden.

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Next time I might check out what's planted on that roundabout. Looks interesting...

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This Jubaea grew quite a bit in one year and also looks the best. Those pictures don't do justice to how big the trunk is for such a small palm. Compare base to the car.

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Phoenix canariensis which could become a problem so close to the wall. Might help in bad winters though...

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Brahea

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Another nice looking Opuntia.

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Also have some in my garden right now:
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I believe this is another Needle palm.

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Butia

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Another Sabal I only discovered now.

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There were also some Pinus pinea I never noticed. But quiet common here in private gardens.

 

 

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