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Old 08-08-2010, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Sarasota
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So, there is this huge palm tree in our side backyard. All of a sudden there is this huge yellow dreadlock looking thing hanging from it with a gazillion bees on it. I saw another palm across the street with one just like it, too. What the heck is that thing and I'm just hoping that those are not killer bees.
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Old 08-08-2010, 04:58 PM
 
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So, there is this huge palm tree in our side backyard. All of a sudden there is this huge yellow dreadlock looking thing hanging from it with a gazillion bees on it. I saw another palm across the street with one just like it, too. What the heck is that thing and I'm just hoping that those are not killer bees.
The palms are producing "fruits" & it's totally normal this time of year. It will eventually dry up & turn brown, kind of like a dead limb.
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Old 08-08-2010, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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So, there is this huge palm tree in our side backyard. All of a sudden there is this huge yellow dreadlock looking thing hanging from it with a gazillion bees on it. I saw another palm across the street with one just like it, too. What the heck is that thing and I'm just hoping that those are not killer bees.

Uh OH! Those are killer bees!!!! You better come here quick, so I can give you a hug! I'll protect you!! LOL

Royal Palms and Foxtail palms lose thier frons when they die, and new ones grow. They are very easy to maintain. You don't have to have a tree trimmer come out and remove the dead frons like you do with some other palm trees.
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Old 08-08-2010, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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Sounds like it might be a date palm. Does it look like this? Google Image Result for http://www.birdsoman.com/Flowers/97-Arecales/DatePalm/DatePalm47157.jpg
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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I didn't know they were date palms. I've seen a number of them, I just thought that was what the palm trees do when they get ready to bloom.
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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Thank you for making me smile this morning. I really love this post. No, they aren't killer bees, and the dreads are perfectly normal. Welcome to Florida!
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Sarasota
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Uh OH! Those are killer bees!!!! You better come here quick, so I can give you a hug! I'll protect you!! LOL

Royal Palms and Foxtail palms lose thier frons when they die, and new ones grow. They are very easy to maintain. You don't have to have a tree trimmer come out and remove the dead frons like you do with some other palm trees.
Thanks, BH. I knew I could count on you to protect me! Lol!
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Sarasota
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Sounds like it might be a date palm. Does it look like this? Google Image Result for http://www.birdsoman.com/Flowers/97-Arecales/DatePalm/DatePalm47157.jpg (broken link)
Yep! Thanks!!
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Sarasota
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Thank you for making me smile this morning. I really love this post. No, they aren't killer bees, and the dreads are perfectly normal. Welcome to Florida!
Thanks, Sunnydee! We love it here and love finding all of these "new" discoveries Florida has to offer!
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Old 08-09-2010, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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Thanks, BH. I knew I could count on you to protect me! Lol!

You're more than welcome! Palm trees are great! You know that the palm frons are also good to swat me with if you need to get my attention!
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