He who knows not and knows he knows not: he is simple - teach him.
I sort of resent the word simple. I would prefer inquisitive or or curious. But here goes:
I am a transplant from Boston to the Sunny South, and admit to carrying some planning credentials. But these new palms that seem to proliferate in our area have me mystified.
When I first saw them listed in specifications I was impressed. 20 inch caliper. That got me interested. But the specs continued: 26 feet O.A.H.(high).
Now I have a stately Royal Palm on my lot. But it is 18 inch caliper and almost eighty feet high.
So I sought out a location where the specified palms had actually been installed. The photo shows three of them in place, six months after installation.
Now I know that palms are not trees -- and once the wood is formed on the stem it does not expand outward. These are already necked-down to eight inches or so. I am certain that once they are established and well maintained the stem will expand as it grows upward.
So, my question is this:
What will they look like in a few years? Will the resultant wasp-waist allow normal growth upward -- and will it be able to sustain itself in future wind events?