While visiting a garden in coastal SoCal last week I spied several of these Ti Plants growing nicely - both in the ground and in pots. I asked the gardener (my son) how long they had been there - expecting him to tell me less than a year. I never imagined that these would look as good as they did after experiencing a winter. He told me they had already been through one winter, and didn't skip a beat. Although it was a fairly mild winter, it was their first. So I would say this is a real surprise and something the SoCalers should make note of. They are an excellent plant in that I have never had a problem with bugs. And it stays low and lush - perfect for the typical suburban landscape in SoCal. And not water hungry either.