Redwood empire palms
Sun Sep 10, 2017 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 palms will thrive in Redwood country conditions, inland into the Coast Ranges, and in the agricultural valleys. Coconuts aren't one of them. Nowhere in California is. I know of just one surviving Cocos nucifera in California, outside the marina building at Newport Beach. It is a sorry thing, struggling to live. California does not have the GDD necessary, due to low night temperatures and in Zones 17, 23 and 24, relatively low daytime temperatures. While zones more inland have greater GDD, they also have winter temperatures that will kill Cocos. Florida does too- but much more infrequently.

Hard to say what species your seed pest was. Many palms have berry or date like fruits on stringy looking growths. Dates for example. They are all prolific in that climate.

Looks like Irma was steered east to remain inland, which reduces severity. More to go, but the worst appears over. Floridians did a good job in preparation for it.

  • 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 palms — Pikes, Sun Sep 10 11:39pm
      • 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
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