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The wisdom of Odenwald & Turner
Posted by Ken-Charlotte
on 2/17/2018, 4:39 pm
Long before I discovered the Internet to be a useful Hardy Palm research tool, I came across the classic book, "Identification, Use & Selection of Southern Landscape Plants", authored by Odenwald and Turner in 1987. It was - and continues to be - a handy and expert guide for me, written with just the right detail. The book is now in its 4th printing. Of course, it's been a long time since I first started using it in the mid-1990's.
Most of the authors' guidance is timeless for me, for example:
* on the Mediterranean Fan Palm: "Long-lived unless destroyed by low temperatures. Will tolerate temperatures of around 15 degrees F for short periods".
* on the Windmill Palm: "it is especially well adapted for use in rather tight, restricted spaces. Does not require nearly the amount of space most other palms need".
* on the Dwarf Palmetto: "Thrives in wet, swampy areas and grows to a large size under such conditions. Apparently the water table and soil moisture content have a major influence on plant size. Plants are somewhat stunted in dry, open fields where they may not grow over two feet tall".
I think the authors are/were college profs out of LSU.