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Old 02-06-2017, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Hi all! We have a single palm tree in our front yard that has grown quickly over the years. It has been trimmed, skinned, and crowned and is healthy. Problem is, now it has a very plain looking trunk that nest be almost 20 feet high. It's fronds are trimmed neatly at the top. It looks like a giant phallus in the middle of our yard....😁 Am wondering if I could plant vines or attach planters to the tree to break it up and make it more interesting? Would doing that hurt the tree? Any ideas welcome. We live in Las Vegas so drought tolerant options are best.

Thanks!
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Old 02-06-2017, 08:00 PM
 
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Those are good ideas! Vines like bouganvilla (sp) actually climbing up it would look lovely.

I take down palms that tall. Had 4 in my front yard about 15 ft tall, took them down and planted Olive trees.

Not really a fan of many palms.
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Old 02-07-2017, 10:43 AM
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Location: Bel Air, California
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How 'bout a couple of large boulders placed on either side of the trunk at the base?
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Old 02-07-2017, 12:43 PM
 
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A tree that large has 100's of surface roots and digging down into them to plant could cause some damage to the tree. Then there is the competition for water and nutrients
Boulders as suggested above would be a good idea. Or a built up tree well deep high enough to plant in atop the palm roots.
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Old 02-07-2017, 08:46 PM
 
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How 'bout a couple of large boulders placed on either side of the trunk at the base?

Yeah, I'm thinking 2 huge boulders. That will finish off the phallic look.
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Old 02-07-2017, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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This starts out as a serious question.....tried the boulder thing but the neighbors complained....������so am trying to dress up the trunk with something drought tolerant. Thanks again!
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Old 02-08-2017, 12:30 AM
 
Location: British Columbia
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I personally don't think it would be good for the tree to attach planters to the tree trunk.

Perhaps you could put 2 or 3 quite large, deep containers (maybe half-barrels or big terra-cotta planters) on the ground around the foot of the tree and plant drought and heat tolerant climbers or flowering shrubs in them. You would still have to water them but with big containers you wouldn't be damaging the roots of the palm from planting something directly in the soil and you won't have to attach anything potentially damaging to the tree trunk. If you don't like the end result or just want to make some changes or additions it would be easy to remove the containers or take out the plants in them.

If you do put climbers around the tree be careful to not let them get too long so they won't invade and choke out the crown.

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Old 02-11-2017, 05:15 PM
 
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Try some epiphytes on the trunk.

All you need is air ... and a little water | Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Old 02-14-2017, 07:39 AM
 
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A picture would help.

Perhaps plant another palm next to it?
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