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Re: List of 7b palms?
Posted by Jim Wilmington DE 7a on 8/18/2017, 3:44 pm, in reply to "Re: List of 7b palms?"
While Needles were hardy enough they are very slow and the meaning slow should be spelled this way: "S-L-O-W !!", they do not like windy conditions in winter. Regrowth of damaged fronds after low temps is painfully slow too.
A Needle planted on the north side of a building IS as slow as you say when young and not fully established. However, there comes a time in a Needle's development when it really speeds up. Mine is faster that Sabal Minor. And at least twice as fast if I had to quantify it.
A gardener can largely ameliorate the wind factor by planting a Needle flush up against a wall.
In 2007, when I first planted my two Needle Palms, and for 2 or 3 years after, I was very discouraged with that species. I wanted to replace them, in fact. But, with time, they added great mass & many fronds. In fact, one of my two became larger than I ever dreamed a Needle could get. Very satisfied now, but it's a palm that "grows on you", pun intended.
Jim, Wilmington, DE, 7a
Last 30 Years Avg. Winter Low: 7.50F
Last 20 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.35F
Last 10 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.40F
Favorite Palms: Species: Phoenix Canariensis / Genus: Sabal