Landscaping

PALM TREES 201

Reproduction Most palms are grown from seed. Once a palm tree reaches maturity, it begins reproducing by pushing out flowering structures. (The palm actually tells the stem cells which would normally grow into leaf material to instead grow into an inflorescence, which is the flowering structure. This is usually triggered by an increase of giberillic

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CLIMATES

NOTE: The majority of palm trees around the world live in Zones 10a through 11. Thus, most people associate palm trees with a feeling of the tropics, the jungle, or the rainforest. Whereas, hardwood trees and “leafy” trees are known to grow in colder climates such as seasonal ones (lose their leaves in Fall, etc.).

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AVOID TROPICAL PALMS

Many people order tropical palm trees online because they like their vibrant colors, cool features, or rarity. Some popular species include the Lipstick Palm or Sealing Wax Palm (Cyrtostachys renda), Seychelles Stilt Root Palm (Vershaffeltia splendida), Christmas Palm (Adonidia merrillii), Bottle Palm (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis), and Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera). They are typically sold in small

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FIRE YOUR LAWN GUYS!

How did lawns originate in the US? During the mid 20th century, Americans who visited the United Kingdom were taken by large carpets of green grass that covered properties around castles, large mansions, and other affluent areas. These lawns survived with no added irrigation due to the mild, rainy climate. It was also during this

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PROTECT YOUR HOME

Florida’s Hurricanes If you look at the trees that blow over during a hurricane, they are typically hardwoods (ie. Oaks, Olives, Pines, Cypress, etc.). These types of trees have a large head of leaves and a wide but shallow root system. Additionally, their branches tend to snap off and cause damage, even if the entire

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COLD TOLERANCE 101

One of the first questions people ask about a certain palm is its cold hardiness or cold tolerance (both mean the same thing). This refers to the minimum temperature that a palm can withstand before it begins to freeze to death. Different types of palms come from different parts of the world. Some come from

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TYPES OF PALM TREES

Acoelorraphe wrightii (Paurotis Palm; Everglades Palm) Acrocomia aculeata (Coyol Palm; Gru Gru Palm) Acrocomia crispa (Cuban Belly Palm) Actinokentia divaricata Actinorhytis calapparia Adonidia merrillii (Christmas Palm) Adonidia merrillii ‘Golden’ (Golden Christmas Palm) Adonidia merrillii ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Christmas) Adonidia merrillii x Veitchia arecina (California Christmas Palm) Aiphanes caryotifolia Aiphanes horrida Aiphanes minima Allagoptera arenaria (Seashore Palm)

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PALM TREES 101

Palm trees are actually considered by botanists to be complex grasses. Almost all palm species have a single trunk or multiple trunks that do not branch above ground. Palms are used in landscaping due to their tropical look and overall beauty. Most of the 2600 species of palms in the world come from tropical regions

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HARDWOOD TREES AVAILABLE FOR SOUTH FLORIDA LANDSCAPING

Autograph tree; Pitch Apple (Clusia rosea) Bird of Paradise Orange (Strelitzia reginae) Black Olive Shady Lady (Bucida buceras) Bougainvillea Tree (Bougainvillea sp.) Buttonwood Green (Conocarpus erectus) Buttonwood Silver (Conocarpus erectus) Cassia Tree (Cassia senna; fistula) Crape Myrtle (Lagerstoemia indica) Cypress Bald (Taxodium distichum) Dracaena Marginata/Draco Ficus Tree (Ficus benjamina) Gumbo Limbo; Tourist Tree (Bursera simaruba)

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COLD HARDINESS 201

How is the cold hardiness of a palm species ascertained? It’s simple, people grow the palm in climates that are slightly colder or harsher than the palm’s natural habitat. For example, Flame Thrower Palms (Chambeyronia macrocarpa) come from New Caledonia, which is a sub-tropical island in the South Pacific. Collectors began growing them in Mediterranean

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