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Old 08-27-2013, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Palms are my absolute favorite tree and should be planted anywhere where they will grow unprotected, so basically every city, town and village in the world that is USDA hardiness zone 8 or above should be choc-a-block full of palms at every corner
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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They looked out of place even in Atlanta. Anywhere north of southern Georgia they look out of place, IMO.

Lol I think the people of South Carolina would take exception to that since they have native palm species.


Look how nice they look in Charleston, SC. Don't look out of place at all imo.


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Old 08-27-2013, 11:05 AM
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Location: Western Massachusetts
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I don't dislike them, but I'm not a huge fan of them. I'd prefer trees with thicker vegetation and not really interested in seeing them outside their native habitat except as an occasional novelty.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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Deciduous trees in warmish climates are weird too.
I wouldn't say it's weird here as it's a cool climate. Apples are the main crop for this region and deciduous trees do well here, although some varieties take a while to lose their leaves. Deciduous and subtropical look equally in place here.

Here's a few photos from around town last weekend showing showing typical mixtures of vegetation.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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I wouldn't say it's weird here as it's a cool climate. Apples are the main crop for this region and deciduous trees do well here, although some varieties take a while to lose their leaves. Deciduous and subtropical look equally in place here.

Here's a few photos from around town last weekend showing showing typical mixtures of vegetation.

I think the mix of trees look very nice. Decidious and palm can go together well.

Do people like cherry trees there?
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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I think the mix of trees look very nice. Decidious and palm can go together well.

Do people like cherry trees there?
Cherry orchards are mostly further south, due to the tendency for here to get heavy rain during the middle of the harvest. Flowering cherries are common garden plants though. I've got one here that should flower soon - I will post a photo when it does.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:52 AM
 
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I hate palm trees. In Florida, they double as "roach condos", and that was just another reason to despise them.

Give me a 30 foot tall oak any day.....
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Center of the universe
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I love palm trees and don't know why anyone would not like them.

I believe the farthest North that they grow naturally is Fenwick Island, Delaware. I've had the pleasure of being on the island and admiring the palms there.

If they're anywhere else farther North, I think they were taken there by man.
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Paris
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For the record, I don't hate all palms, I only dislike windmill palms, especially when they're planted in unsuitable places that make them look shabby in the long term. On the other hand, for example, I find coconut trees stunning. Btw wow at these washingtonia robusta, planted in the 19th century.


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ia_Robusta.jpg



If only this guy could do the same to our trachycarpus (skip to 3:30).


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Old 08-27-2013, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Edmonton, Canada
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Palms are my absolute favorite tree and should be planted anywhere where they will grow unprotected, so basically every city, town and village in the world that is USDA hardiness zone 8 or above should be choc-a-block full of palms at every corner
The thing is when planted outside of their native tolerance zone palms are generally of marginal health and seem discordant with the surrounding environment. They lack authenticity and if anything seem to accentuate the fact that the place where they're planted is too cold. It's kind of like putting a big spoiler on a slow car.



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