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In Hawaii, it's obviously the Puna district of the Big Island, that is where the biggest concentration of palm nuts reside, and where the climate is just about perfect for growing any palm without even having to water.
In Southern California, palm mecca has to be the Vista-Fallbrook-San Marcos triangle, far enough inland to get plenty of heat but hilly enough to provide ample great microclimates.
In Coastal Central California, (North of Ventura and South of the Bay area) the horticultural paradise appears to be Santa Barbara, hands down the biggest concentration of tropical nurseries and an ideal climate to grow all sorts of things.
In the Central Valley, there's got to be a good spot, I suspect it's in the Southeast foothills where the citrus station is.
Oregon? Washington? British Columbia?
Any suggestions about what to do? Can I cut it down, or should I stake it?
Any favorites? I like juicy soft fruit with good flavor and on the sweeter side (we love Santa Rosa and Flavor Queen, and waiting to fruit Beauty and Burgundy) We get about 500 chill hours and have mild summers highs ~75 deg, but looking to possibly move to a warmer area soon.
If I'm ever able to move back to South Florida, I think I'd be just as interested in trying to recreate a native tropical hammock with gumbo limbo, strangler fig, royal palms, etc., ad I would be in planting all of the tropical fruits I love.