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Re: Central Oklahoma palms
Great palms! And great pics.
I have a McCurtain and a Hatteras Minor -- both were planted by me as 1-gallon plants in 2007. The Hatteras puts out much larger fronds than the McCurtain, but the McCurtain has been hardier to cold. Not a huge difference, but noticeable. Up until the last 3 or 4 years, it seemed that they were tied in hardiness. Very even. But recent winters, there definitely is a contrast.
This past winter, cold as it was, both Minors excelled. The Hatteras, by spring, lost about 20% green leaf mass. The McCurtain lost its oldest frond, but was untouched otherwise. I was pleasantly surprised. It got down to 1 or 2F in early January, with lots of durational cold. I really believe that these palms gain in hardiness with age. McCurtains are winners.
Jim, Wilmington, DE, 7a
Last 30 Years Avg. Winter Low: 7.50F
Last 20 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.35F
Last 10 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.40F
Favorite Palms: Species: Phoenix Canariensis / Genus: Sabal