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What’s bugging palms in Southern California?


Last updated 10/5/2017 at Noon

This Canary palm (Phoenix canariensis) is in the last stages of dying, its crown having already fallen off.

What is more iconic in the Southern California landscape than the exotic palms from all over the world that dot our gardens and give us that far away vacation look we dream of.

From the cool coastal beach strand, to the hot interior deserts, palms play a very important role in our southland gardens.

There are the tall and lanky Washingtonia robusta palms that grow over 80 feet tall and wave on the skyline, to the stately date palm Phoenix dactylifera growing in the Coachella Valley, supplying us with edible and yummy dates.

Palms have become an integral plant in many of the landscapes of...

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