Seashore palm (Allagoptera arenaria) and Triangle Palm (Dypsis decaryi) Not a rare find, but these cotton hibiscus are a colorful sign of early winter! Even some less hardy agave species were burned this winter despite being huge and healthy earlier in the season. Typical landscaping with palmettos and philodendrons
We had a pretty harsh January in Gainesville. The low temperature in my yard was 22F, but the real killer was the number of mornings below freezing (14 in January!)
Most of these photos were taken before our hard freezes this past January. We've seen plenty of 80s this month and things are growing very quickly so I'll update on the status of these palms and plants as quickly as I can. I am hoping for the best!
BUT I will mention that I saw this tropical hibiscus thriving after the freeze this winter. It's in a great microclimate, but after the cold we've seen, I thought it was incredible to see it not only green, but with flowers!
Many of these pics were taken on the University of Florida campus. They have no shortage of palms!
Looks like a Phoenix Reclinta.
Absolutely huge White Birds of Paradise. I'm sure it got burnt by the cold this winter
There are a few established photos vines in town and they do still look alive despite temperatures dipping into the low 20s. This was from last fall.
Huge Queen palms and Livistonas. They looked flawless. Some queens and Livistonas in town still look great, but it varies.
From what I've seen most of the Bismarkias in town have damage but look alive. They were all looking healthy earlier in the winter.
No way this Cardboard palm didn't defoliate this winter. Mine did!
Kind of a neat mediterranean look. This was taken after the cold, so no damage here
Here's a few of my observations...
Sabals and saw palmettos = native, no damage
Trachycarpus, Med fan palms, and needles = no damage
Phoenix canariensis, P. dactylifera, and P. sylvestris = no damage
Mule and pindo palms = no damage
Washingtonia = No damage for most, light damage in cooler parts of town.
Florida coontie & Sago Palm = Coonties mostly untouched, sagos have some burn in exposed areas, no damage in shade.
Queen palms = Most just light damage, burned NW of town.
Chamadorea = Haven't seen any microspadix since January (probably fine), elegans look burned but alive
Bismarkias = Most have damage, but look alive (we'll see!)
Pygmy palms = All of them look fried. Some established plants have some green, some look dead.
Thanks for looking! I'll try and update my yard soon. A few pleasant surprises, but lots of replanting to do haha.
Seashore palm (Allagoptera arenaria) and Triangle Palm (Dypsis decaryi)
Not a rare find, but these cotton hibiscus are a colorful sign of early winter!
Even some less hardy agave species were burned this winter despite being huge and healthy earlier in the season.
Typical landscaping with palmettos and philodendrons