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Re: Here are 17 varieties of palms in the ground.
Posted by Ryan Monroe LA on 10/20/2017, 2:39 pm, in reply to "Here are 17 varieties of palms in the ground."
Edited by Ryan Monroe LA on 10/20/2017, 2:46 pm
Most of the newer Trachycarpus species were such crushing disappointments when I lived in Zone 8b Oregon, that I haven't even tried them here. Finicky and lacking cold hardiness and vigor is the way I'd describe most of them, but especially latisectus. Mine always looked like yours no matter how much you babied it or left it alone.
I should give more of them a try down here in north Louisiana, but so many other genus have just thrived so fantastically, it has made me think "why bother". Even the white-backed princeps and geminesectus are nothing to write home about in relation to the grandeur, scale, general vigor and health of other genus.
If I ever move back to the midwest again and chose to plant out and protect just six palms, it would be Jubaea, BXJ, Trithrinax campestris, Chamaerops, Needle, and Chamaedorea radicalis. Trachycarpus and Sabal of any kind would not be on the list.
Trachycarpus fortunei would be my number 1 palm if I moved back to Oregon, and Sabal will always be the king in the Southeast.
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