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Look! My Roystonea violacea is Trunking


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Last night I realized the boots of my seed-grown Roystonea violacea were ready to fall off. I peeled them away and discovered about 18" of pink/purple trunk. It's the real deal! It is the sole germination success of 20 seeds I bought from RPS 6-7 years ago before customs cracked down on plant material from overseas. See link below for more info on this rare, endangered palm from the eastern tip of Cuba.


It survived Hurricane Ian last year with only windburn and a 60-degree lean to the south. It has since straightened to almost vertical and replaced damaged fronds so only the boots remained to hide its trunk. In the photos below you can see scars on its crown shaft from hurricane debris. Eventually, it will grow out of that damage. It will be smaller (up to 50')  and more gracile than behemoth Roystonea regia. Still a juvenile, however, but I hope I live long enough to see it flower.

Roystonea violacea, Cape Coral, FL, October 2023












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Palms of Victory I shall wear

Cape Coral (It's Just Paradise)
Zone 10A on the Isabelle Canal
Elevation: 15 feet

I'd like to be under the sea in an octopus' garden in the shade.

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I planted these 3 at a local botanical garden from the same seed batch and they're doing well. 



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Palmetto, Florida (10a) and Tampa, Florida (9b/10a)

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