One of the Biggest I've Seen - Allagoptera arenaria

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  1. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    A palm from the hot and dry Kona coast. I don't know why you don't see this more often in smaller temperate gardens. It's the perfect size and an easy grow. And salt tolerant to boot.

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  2. ScotTi

    ScotTi Esteemed Member

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    I will be long gone from this earth before mine will be that size.
     
  3. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    Ah come on! With a few breakthroughs in modern medicine, you've got 50 yrs. easy. :baby:
     
  4. ScotTi

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    I do not think it would be that big in 50 yrs. I think I have had it 10 yrs and it looks the same size as the day it was planted.
     
  5. Dypsisdean

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    That's about a 20 yr. old plant. But it's like 80º F everyday down there - 90º in summer. With perfect drainage.
     
  6. I have one in Jacksonville FL. I haven't seen it in 2 years, but it was covering the patio because I thought it was a slow grower. Whoops! It's roots are in mucky swampy soil but the top foot or so is nearly pure sand. It regularly flowers and sets fruit and seed. I've been quite surprised by its growth rate. Here in Winter Haven they seem to be growing well too.
     
  7. Stan

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    Kona coast must be a killer spot for Cycads. I bet Encephalartos would grow like weeds there. That palm has a Cycas deboensis look to it.
     
  8. Dypsisdean

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    Yep they do. I'm not partial to planting them myself, but I do appreciate them. I'll have to take a pic of a pretty good sized one down at this same nursery. They also have some beautiful fast growing Bismarkias as well.
     
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    20160112_074623_HDR.jpg 20160112_074607_HDR.jpg Here's one at a property I do maintenance at in Shark Key. It is 8 ft plus. Planted 12 years ago to the best of my knowledge. It does not get full on blazing sun, so it would probably be larger if it did. Still a nice palm though.
     
  10. Dypsisdean

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    Thanks for sharing Tim. Whatever it needs to thrive it is obviously getting. What people can't see from these photos is the nice bluish color to the underside of their leaflets.
     
  11. edric

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    Great photo Dean, I just planted two in my front yard, a couple of months ago, Ed
     

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