Winter Damage Report
The Yucca & Trachycarpus (both above) seem to have gotten lit up fairly well by our low 7a winter.
The Palmetto did really well. Probably a third defoliated, but the green parts look great and this palm is looking like it can't wait to get growing again.
Sabal Minor 'Hatteras'
Sabal Minor 'McCurtain'
The two Minors did very well. The Hatteras had the benefit of a makeshift windbreak. The McCurtain had nothing but mulch around the base. The Hatteras was probably 10% defoliated. The McCurtain lost its oldest frond. Everything else looks untouched! Just like it looked in November. Eleven years ago when I planted these Minors, and for several years after, they both seemed to damage to the same degree. During the last couple winters, though, the McCurtain has really come on to differentiate itself from the Hatteras in cold tolerance. Very pleased with this specimen.
When this pic was taken (March), I still had not removed the Ace bandages from it. The damage to this plant was negligible. Some sun bronzing that always seems to fix itself, but otherwise little to no damage.
My fig tree (no pic), which is usually killed to the mulch line when temps drop below 5F is doing fine and really surprised me. No tip dieback this year despite a 2F low and CRAZY LONG durational cold.
All things considered, I have to say that the greatest disappointment was the Trachy. The most pleasant surprise was the McCurtain, in spite of its already great reputation in palm enthusiasts' lore. Years ago, the McCurtain would've been a third to a half defoliated in a winter like this. But it really has gotten stronger as it has aged.
This Yucca is native to this region. Predictably, it wasn't harmed at all by winter. A great replacement plant in these parts for a dead palm.