Coconut cannonballs
Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:13pm

Over the last decade or two, use of coconut palms in Florida landscaping became epidemic. They're cheap, grow fast, and look tropical. These will all provide "cannon balls" for the hurricane to use, smashing windows in cars, homes, and buildings everywhere. Big coconuts can penetrate siding, plywood and even brick. Better palms like royals, kentias, and dates don't produce cannon ball seeds. Irma may initiate a revisit of the wisdom of using cheap coconut palm trees in abundant landscaping.

Florida palm growers warned about this. But their warnings fell on largely deaf ears- like global warming climate change atmospheric energy increase. Developers knew better, and now will pay for it.


  • PSA
    • Coconut cannonballs — Pikes, Sun Sep 10 12:13pm
      • Pardon me for chuckling😊PH👁👁EY, Sun Sep 10 11:10pm
        And it brought back a memory from when I resided in a community north of San Francisco. Let's call it " Boca Raton." Lots of Florida type flora abounds. And this particular palm grows there like a... more
        • Redwood empire palmsPikes, Sun Sep 10 11:39pm
          Biggest palm I ever saw was a Jubaea chilensis on the Eel River across from US 101 near Garberville. Easy six foot diameter trunk, height about 80 feet, and a frond spread of about 70 feet. Lots of... more
          • The Palm cut down was also huge.PH🌴🌴EY, Mon Sep 11 12:11am
            When it hit the ground the entire neighborhood jumped. Bel Marin Keyes. You would swear it was a Florida suburban setting. It was too weird for me. Not natural at all. The people were odd. I was... more
            • Palms are heavyPikes, Mon Sep 11 12:10pm
              They're not woody. In place of wood is waterlogged fiber. Tough. Many species are planted mature with a crane, and "hurricane cut," meaning all fronds are removed. The root grows to anchor the thing, ... more
              • Mmm, that is a nice look.PH🌴🌴EY, Mon Sep 11 7:31pm
                Well, you answered a question on my mind about cutting boards out of a palm. Probably tooo tough on equipment. Grind them up, add a adhesive and make something useful. Right now I would love to be... more