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Old 02-22-2014, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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I love Palm Trees, in places where they can naturally grow to be fine specimens. But I don't care a great deal for the scrubs that we get here in the west of Scotland:



They always look as if they're barely just hanging on to life.
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those are joshua trees
They actually Cabbage trees (Cordyline australis), a New Zealand native, distantly related to Joshua Trees. They do get much bigger than that.
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Old 02-23-2014, 05:19 AM
 
Location: St Paul's Bay, Malta
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And a true palm, Trachycarpus fortunei, can successfully grow into a fine mature specimen in western Scotland, even in eastern Scotland too...


Trachycarpus fortunei at Logan Botanic Garden

And even Cordyline australis can look as good as some growing in New Zealand, in the right Scottish climate...
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Munich, Germany
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These are the tallest palms of the earth. Ceroxylon quindiuense - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Some of them reach 70 m.
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:47 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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I enjoyed the palmettos in South Carolina in winter. Maybe it's just that they're rather exotic to me, but I liked their contribution to the landscape.

Otherwise, if I'm looking at a picture of a palm tree under sunny skies, it makes me feel too warm. Such a thing reminds me of standing in the sun on a hot summer day, which is not a pleasant experience for me. Unless it's on a beach with nice blue ocean waters. Then it looks nice.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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Palms belong everywhere they can grow, and they should be planted only where they look appropriate.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:37 PM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Definitely my least favourite type of tree. I like green coastlines with mangrove forests growing right up to the water, not barren landscapes with a few palms here and there. The only think I appreciate about palm trees is coconut.
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:39 AM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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They are not that interesting I agree (and annoying). We have two in our backyard - One of them always has dates growing out of them - they mess up the backyard. We really want to get rid of the tree. Palm trees seem very common and boring. Dunno why Northern Europeans have wet dreams over them.

I quite like eucalyptus trees.
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:23 AM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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And a true palm, Trachycarpus fortunei, can successfully grow into a fine mature specimen in western Scotland, even in eastern Scotland too...


Trachycarpus fortunei at Logan Botanic Garden

And even Cordyline australis can look as good as some growing in New Zealand, in the right Scottish climate...
A lot of fine specimens (Cabbage tree)have fallen to dieback over the last few years. There seems to be another wave happening now.
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:56 AM
 
Location: St Paul's Bay, Malta
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This has been happening to some large Cordyline's in the UK too (before the run of cold winters). A biggish one in my Mum's garden seemed to almost flower itself to death, producing so many new 'heads' which mostly all died... What is it that causes this??
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Old 03-07-2014, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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This has been happening to some large Cordyline's in the UK too (before the run of cold winters). A biggish one in my Mum's garden seemed to almost flower itself to death, producing so many new 'heads' which mostly all died... What is it that causes this??
There doesn't seem to be a straight forward answer. The general consensus seems to be a plant pathogen, that the cabbage tree hasn't evolved with, and is spread by insects.

I've heard about vigorous flowering leading to die off, but don't think I've noticed a connection between the two around here. The good news is that the stumps usually re grow, and they spread very easily anyway.
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