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Re: Pictures of a Trachy I planted at a Mexican restaurant :
I have horror stories of donating or planting marginals on property not my own and then being helpless to ameliorate said plants' suffering at the hands of their new owners. In fact, it goes wrong more often than not.
A dozen years ago I planted a Live Oak at work. The grounds crew would hack the hell out of it every year thinking it was a shrub. After years of this, I was finally able to prevail upon the crew to let ONLY ME touch the tree. It has recovered fully and is doing its thing! I only know of 2 or 3 Live Oaks in my county, and I would be surprised if there were more than 10 in the entire state. Mine has proven quite cold hardy. In the worst winters, the leaves on the windward side will brown out, but the twigs remain alive and come spring, the tree fully replaces what was lost. Most winters, there's no loss at all. I wish I could say as much for my palms.
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