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Palms

A hammock between two palm trees with a cold drink in hand… a warm breeze blows as the sun heats the sand…

As tropical vacations have become a popular destination, palm trees have become synonymous with calm and relaxation. Fortunately, those of us who live in the southern United States can enjoy a few native palm species, and enjoy a climate that allows us to grow some non-native species also. Because of the palm’s association with tropical imagery and vacation bliss, many people have introduced palms as ornamental landscape plants for their graceful, tropical appearance.

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Did you know?

  • Fossil records of palms first appeared in the late Cretaceous period (around 80 million years ago). Palms were an important tool of survival to ancient civilizations and important symbolically in different cultures and religions.
  • Nearly all palms grow in tropical or sub tropical regions; more cold hardy varieties can survive in northern latitudes, but in many cases this is due to maritime conditions or microclimates of warmer temperatures. When planted outside of their native habitat, care must be taken to protect the palm from unwanted conditions.
  • The fronds of the palm are known as either “palmate” (fan shaped) or “pinnate” (more feather like). In some cases, fronds may be considered “costapalmate”, which looks something like a fan with more elongated leaves. In Savannah, most cold hardy palms have palmate fronds. Cold hardy pinnate palms are available, but (excluding the Pindo palm) their minimum temperature tolerances aren’t as low as fan palms.
  • Sago, Coontie & Cardboard “palms” are Cycads, not palms. These date back to a few hundred million years ago. There is a true palm known as a Sago Palm (Metroxylon sagu), native to tropical southeastern Asia. Coonties have very long taproots, and are not suitable for transplanting. Pony tail palm is not a true palm, just a tropical plant.

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