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Re: OT: Majesty Palm

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: OT: Majesty Palm
  • From: Bill Shear <BILLS@hsc.edu>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 07:46:10 -0700 (MST)

Tony Avent's Plant Delights nursery offers several palms of varying degrees
of hardiness.  One of them, the needle palm (Raphidophora) is hardy here in
Virginia.  A friend of mine has had one for years; it is now about 7 ft
tall.  In very harsh winters, the younger fronds freeze but it quickly
comes back.  Plant Delights also offers a number of SE USA native palms
that are hardy into Z7 and 8.

Supposedly the Chusan Palm (Trachycarpus?) is also quite hardy--native to N
China.  This is more widely available.

Also, check local nurseries.  When I lived in Gainesville, smaller local
operations offered palms, cycads, etc., that had been collected locally and
were thus well adapted to the region.

Bill Shear
Department of Biology
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney VA 23943
FAX (804)223-6374

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