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I think it's an accumulation of things.
Posted by Alex NYC on 10/26/2017, 10:38 pm, in reply to "If Bermuda can grow Coconut palms,why not Los Angeles?"
I think it has a lot to do with temperature flucations. Bermuda has an average low of about 60 degrees, but the record low is in the 50s. Temperatures below 60 at all are pretty rare there.
In Los Angeles winter days can easily drop below 60 and nights regularly get into the 40s. I think coconut palms are forgiving about those kinds of winter temperatures if they get enough summer heat, but summers in coastal California are pretty cool. In Bermuda the summers are very warm and humid so if the coconut palms get a little beat up by the winter winds, they'll bounce back pretty quickly. Coconut palms don't have enough time to ripen their fruit in Bermuda most years so Bermuda's climate seems to push their limits. The trees themselves do very well there, but they are not as full as the Caribbean or Florida.
That's my thoughts! I always found Bermuda's climate very interesting. I know if I lived in California I'd try growing a coconut palm!
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