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Re: My new toy :
Posted by Jim Wilmington DE 7a
on 11/2/2020, 7:00 pm, in reply to "My new toy :
The photo they posted of the adult tree in Florida is fascinating. Love the stout, W. Filifera-like trunk! Also, it seems to - mostly - hold its flower/seed stalks within the crown of fronds, unlike most palmettos, but perhaps not unlike Sabal Birmingham.
My very amateur opinions:
Sabal Birmingham = S. minor x S. palmetto
Sabal Brazoria = S. minor x S. mexicana
Sabal DeFuniak = S. palmetto variant
In other words, I don't think S. DeFuniak is a hybrid. I think it's a palmetto where there was a mutation. Not all palmettos are the same. And look at the variability in S. minor.
Would I stake my life on it? No.
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