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Roger's Pick - Palms for the Southland


Last updated 12/27/2012 at Noon

The fishtail palm has distinctive exotic fronds.

What is more of an exotic Southern California landscape then tropical palms from far away continents?

The family in which palms are in has over 2,500 assorted genus, species and hybrids with either feather- or fan-shaped leaves. Some are short and ground hugging, while others, like the Washingtonia, can tower well over 100 feet on slender trunks.

Palms range from small to huge, single trunk to multi stems, slow to moderately fast growing, tender and hardy to the mid-teen temperatures in some cases, even light snows for short periods.

Their architecture can be dramatic as a solo specimen...

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