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Old 07-15-2009, 10:07 AM
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I know this may sound stupid, but I love Palm trees. Are there any in Austin (like there is in Houston)?
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:20 AM
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I had one in my backyard.
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:23 AM
Location: Jollyville, TX
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People plant them, but they are not native to the area.
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:27 AM
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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Not really.
But I don't see why you couldn't plant one in your back yard if you really wished.

The Clear Lake/Bay Area of Houston has a lot of them. And that area being on the water, it fits in.

Just my opinion, but I don't think the palm trees complement the area once you get further west than the Galleria area of Houston. But that doesn't stop people, HOAs and even cities from planting them anyway, since they will grow. I think it's a better idea to plant trees more native to the area.
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:30 AM
Location: Cedar Park/NW Austin
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I don't believe palm trees naturally occur in Austin, just the little palmettos. However, it certainly hasn't stopped anyone from ripping them out of the ground from more tropical environs and planting them in their yards.

I personally can't stand the look of them. They just seem completely out of place in this area. If I wanted to see palm trees, I'd head south to the beach.
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:44 AM
Location: Central Texas
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There's a tall palm tree in the yard of the house next door to our house in Barton Hills. Been there for the 20 years we've owned the house, and it was tall when we moved in.

They're not common here, and you do have to take care of them, but they can survive.
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:48 AM
Location: rapid city sd
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pretty much the same with pine trees as well.
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:23 AM
Location: Austin, TX
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There are large forests of pine trees around Bastrop, just East of Austin. They are often referred to as the "Lost Pines". As they are an isolated forest a fair distance West of the much larger pine forests in East Texas.

I have seen palm trees growing around Austin, they generally don't look to healthy and are not well suited to the area, but they can be grown here.
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:27 AM
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You mean, are they native to Austin? No. But you'll find them all over. I have several in my yard. Check out the ones in front GSD&M, they are huge! I remember when they put them in with by helicopter!
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:30 AM
Location: Austin, TX
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Ooh...would it be possible to grow coconut palms? I think that would be awesome to have coconuts in your yard. Yeah, I know they're not native, but if they grow, why not?
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