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Yes! Queens are one of my least favorite palms. I think much of it has to do with fertilizing, or lack of. They are often skimpy, frail, and yellowish/green in Central FL. I have seen some very nice looking ones around here and there with thick trunks and large, healthy fronds. I guess siting and fertilizing is everything. One thing I learned here in 5 years is magnesium and manganese supplements are needed in addition to regular fertilizer!
Also, I have really noticed how bad they look after hurricanes. So I looked and came across a UF study of hurricanes and trees. They did not rate queens well for wind.
I had to laugh at your ho-hum comment. So true. Every home in the new developments gets a queen, an oak, a pygmy, and junipers. If you get a chance to look around, hit some of the older communities. Some nice surprises in there!
Man that pic of the street in Naples is fantastic. My picture perfect image of a residential street.
Enjoying life in Orlando, FL (z9b)