westfork Posted Saturday at 09:51 PM Report Share Posted Saturday at 09:51 PM Can Sabal minor take reflected heat in the summer? We are starting a very experimental palm planting on the west side of a brick structure up in USDA hardiness zone 5, heat zone 6/7, and 43 north latitude. It is in an easy location to provide winter shelter. The mainstays will be Sabal minor McCurtain, Cherokee, and a couple others as well as a Louisiana and x Brazoriensis mixed in. Needle palms in a different spot. -This location does not have full sun, only from 1PM to 9PM, but the morning is still very bright. We usually have intense sun and deep blue skies from the moment the sun clears the eastern horizon, especially in winter - No haze from being anywhere near a large body of water. -We have three months where the daytime highs often stay in the mid to upper 90s and the occasional 100+. -We cool off at night but the brick radiates a LOT of heat after the sun goes down. I am hoping we have enough sun and heat to build ample reserves for winter survival. Deep, rich Midwestern loess soils and in an easy spot to irrigate as needed. Site is well protected from the merciless south winds that destroy anything leafing out in the early spring. BUT . . . Would that reflected heat off a medium red brick wall be too much, even for the heat loving Sabals? I have sunburned my share of agaves before learning which species can take reflected heat. Thanks for any experiences you may have. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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