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Cordyline, Butia and Oleander looking nice at Walts house
Huge Yucca aloifolia that is now branching after all these years. It has to be 15ft tall
Walts Jubaea is still going and this picture does not do it justice as to how big the trunk is.....I took this from the street while in my car.
And now the Zoo......
Nice Opuntia species, doing very well despite this horrifically wet winter
Agave parryi 'trucata' (I believe)
These Agaves looked almost soft leaved and were much bigger than the parryi, looking like at least two and a half feet to three feet wide. Who knows what species these are? Really looked beautiful in person.
Olive trees with Nolina in the foreground
All Pittosporums looked great, including Pittosporum tobira 'Wheelers Dwarf'
Podocarpus macrophyllus. There are some very cool looking ones growing in the asian elephant part of the Zoo.
Right here are some of my favorite Trachycarpus I've ever seen. Huge and in shade, you really have to see them in person.
Camphor tree that's been here for a decade or more
Planting of Banksia marginata. One looks dead, one looks burned and one looks perfect. Which one would you take cutting from? Hahaha!
This Eucalyptus was really big, but my phone didn't really do a good job of relaying
On a side note. All of the Sophora microphylla were cut down and only the trunks remain. I don't know if they died from cold or what, but the trees at the colder Arboretum are still there. Thanks for looking
We know what happens when we grow a warmer climate palm in a cooler climate.
What I wonder is what happens to a Cold Hardy palm grown in the tropics?
Do the consistantly warm temps day and night cause acelerated growth or perhaps slower or stunted growth?
Cold hardy palms all seem to have an "annual" cycle of flowering, fruiting, and resting.(Chamaerops, Butia, Trachycarpus sabal etc) What would they do in the tropics with no resting period? In contrast, the coconut as an example, produces flowers and fruit all year round with little or no apparent resting period.
Add to this that the light levels and hours of daylight can each reach a maximun and minimum twice each year as the sun crosses the equator in March and September and the length of day varies little thru the year. Anythoughts from those who frequent the equatorial zone??
while i have several that are 2-3ft tall and smaller,
i wanted different varieties, and i wanted a dwarf.
I saw this thing 2 weeks ago, the pot it was in was WAY too small.
It was $15, i figured i would come back in a couple of weeks and see what condition it was in, and maybe make them an offer since it looked 1/2 dead.
I went back a couple of days ago
It was still in the cold, and the roots were still soaking wet.
the stem was/is yellow, not good.
BUT... I had to buy it.
it was for sale, ive been wanting one, and it was abused.
- $11.00... they had already discounted it.
Its at least 3ft tall, and for a dwarf Papaya,
i am guessing its almost full grown ?
Anyway, they had it outside in the cold wet weather.
papaya HATE wet cold roots.
time for surgery.
had to try and take some of the soaking wet soil from around the roots.
the pot it was in was WAYYY too small for this plant.
the inside of the pot was all roots.
i dried it out with a blow drier, and kept it inside at night.
The next day the weather warmed up a lot.
We have had excellent warm sunny weather the last 2 days.
i think i saved it.
Will post more pics in a week or so.
I don't know the variety of Mulberry that I have, but I know it looks like this:
It has weepy arms.
I think the fruit will get better this year, as I see it get stronger and healthier every year, but I want to have other Mulberies to compare against.
Are there any varieties that you can recommend that don't need as much heat, but tastes really intense with flavor?
Mines have that sugar water taste.
I'm planning to graft them over. Is grafting Mulberries as easy as Apples, Cherries, and Pears? I had trouble grafting figs and loquats.
The mother tree is now very strongly rooted and gaining strength every year. I can tell its going to grow up to be a very strong tree.