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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Oh Those Swaying Palm Fronds!

This is a "blast from the past" post that had
a lot of looks--thought you'd enjoy the look again!

Ever wonder about all those gorgeous palm trees in Hawaii? I knew there had to be at least a b’zillion different types, so I decided to do a little research.

There are three species you can find in landscaping and in the wild on the islands.Coconut Palm, Pritchardia Palm, and Christmas Palm.

It may surprise you to learn that the Coconut Palm is not native to Hawaii. But they grow everywhere on every island, right? Absolutely, and that’s because the coconut can float across oceans. Those tough guys can survive anything! After they plant themselves, the seed can grow into a tree as high as 50 or 60 feet. No messing with them, huh?

There are about 19 different varieties of the Pritchardia Palmmaking their home in Hawaii. These palms are endemic to the Pacific Islands. The varieties vary depending on the island. Some of these grow as tall as 30 feet. All of the Pritchardias are single-trunked with fan-shaped leaves.

The Christmas (or Manila) Palm is mostly found in landscaping and has a stocky trunk with bright green, stiff palm fronds that stick out and arch from the top.

I have some palms that I take out on my deck during the summer. I love them—both when indoors and outdoors. But those babies had better not try to reach even 10 feet high!

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  1. I always wondered what the difference was. Are there even different ones in the Mediterranean?

    1. I'm not sure, Karla, but I bet there are! Thanks so much for the visit. Aloha! --Cheryl

  2. We don't have many palms up here in the "frozen north." lol. BUT, have seen some up close and personal in California - totally cool and tropical!

    1. You're close to the Caribbean, S & S--you should go visit the palms there often. Thanks for visiting me and Life in Flops-Flops in the meantime. Aloha! --Cheryl


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