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Re: I finally have a new model for scale :
The Birmingham is DEFINITELY the plant that benefited most from having a human standing with it. Gosh, it's a MONSTER!!
I planted one at work along a granite SE-facing wall. No protection except mulch. In ground for 13 years now. Nowhere NEAR as big as yours, but it's healthy and looks very happy.
Also planted at work about that long ago is a Live Oak and a Bayleaf (Laurus Nobilis). The Live Oak was a twig when I planted it. It's now about 18 - 20 feet tall. It's a BEAST. The Bayleaf is about 4 feet tall. It's size is limited due to pretty good killback every 3 years or so. After the worst winters, it gets killed to the ground and comes back from the roots. The Live Oak has yet to suffer any dieback. It's growing as if it's native here.
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