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Old 04-10-2007, 02:34 PM
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So I was visiting with my mother in Port St. Lucie this past weekend, and she was talking about how she needed to remove a couple of cabbage palms from her backyard which she thought were dangerously too close to the house (in case of a hurricane).

I have heard in the past that mature palm trees can actually fetch a price, and was wondering if anybody knew of any tree removal services or procedures that will PAY to take mature trees for resale, or simply just take them for free and resell them? They are cabbage palms, probably 20 ft. tall?

Any help is appreciated. I just think it would be such a waste of nice trees to chop them down!!
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Old 04-10-2007, 03:07 PM
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Nope, Cabbage palms/sable palms/palmetto they grow anywhere and everywhere. They are very hardy palms; they grow in the sand next to the ocean and also in brakish water by a lake. I planted a mature one in my yard and the guy that brought it over pulled it out of the ground, it was growing next to the road. He charged me to bring it over in the trailer (it was 25ft. tall) clean it and palnt it about $125.
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Old 04-10-2007, 03:15 PM
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Cabbage "trash" palms are basically weeds. I waited until I needed to have my drainfield replaced, located it right under a patch of trash-palms and didn't have to pay to have these overgrown weeds removed. I see nothing attractive or useful about an overgrown stick with a few fans on top that can't even be used for lumber.
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Old 04-11-2010, 10:44 AM
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What about other ... more desireable mature palms....such as Bismarkia, Washingtonia, Ponytail and others?
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:08 AM
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Washingtonias are not more desirable, they are native to the western USA/Mexico and they snap like toothpicks in a hurricane. They also get very tall and turn into lightning magnets.

Cabbage palms are actually considered one of the most hurricane resistant trees in Florida, they will outperform all of the others in high winds.
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:20 PM
Location: Florida
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I like cabbage palms and they are indigenous Florida palms. All our cabbage palms hung in there during charlie and we were right next to where the highest winds were.

Giant oaks were taken down and crumbled in the street but the cabbage palms were all standing.

Don't know if Cabbage Palms have any resale value. Others do, canaries are worth a good buck.
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:32 AM
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I would look in the phone book and call local nurserys. You might get a better idea from them.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:21 AM
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Default Tree Removal

I bought a house and have to remove a few trees, one dying palm and a few water oaks. Can someone recommend someone for this.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:49 AM
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Cabbage palms, hate'em. They do grow anywhere. And the seeds fly in and plant themselves in your yard, if you have a big yard you could have a small tree growing before you even notice it.

Bismarkia might fetch a price, but I hear they are not easy to transplant and expect to live. Where mature-ish trees are more in demand are in counties that have tree size requirements for new developments. They don't want a new development to look stark, so they have a 6-8 fit requirement for new trees. However, there are thousands of acres of land that are nurseries specifically growing such trees, that can pull them up and replant them, and are probably wholesale to the trade.

Best best, try craigslist and give them away for free to anyone that will dig them up, remove them, and refill the hole. This sometimes works.

Otherwise, to just remove them, you can search for tree removal services, and stump grinding, also generally cheaper on craigslist. Check for licensing etc. Removing trees can be dangerous and you don't need someone getting hurt on your property and suing you.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:40 AM
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You would be better off having a tree service who is licensed and bonded to it. If not you would need to check your home owners policy to insure anyone else doing the removal is covered if an accident happens.
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