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On Oct 31, 2012, Mendopalmfarm from Willits, CA wrote:
These are great palms and I have a half dozen in my garden including one with 10' + of trunk. Super hardy never seen any serious damage to them even in my cold winters low 20's with occasional light snow and hard frosts. I've observed slight color blotches after days of prolonged snows and frosts but after the cold fronts moved out and weather warmed back to above freezing for a few weeks they recovered completely. A great palm for most climates that stay above 20degrees
On Feb 10, 2005, thrinax01 from Salt Spring Island Canada wrote:
I've grown Brahea edulis in the ground since Oct. 1995 with no problems at all. I live in zone 8b and each winter I construct a simple 6mm plastic roof just over the crown to keep it dry. It has never sufferd any cold damage in all these years. There is a large specimen growing in a Seattle garden since 1989. I've been there to photograph it. That palm does flower every year. Banana Joe
On Aug 17, 2003, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
This is a common avenue palm in Southern California. Many unobservant viewers think these are just short Washingtonia (Mexican Fan Palms). But if you look closely, the leaves are less split, slightly larger for the size of the palm, more markedly pleated and slightly costapalmate (have a midrib down the center of the leave at which point the leaf folds slightly; there are a lot more leaves per tree, the flowers are shorter and plumose, and the trunks are always smooth and very stocky. It is a very easy palm to grow here, and fairly fast for a palm in this area... but much slower than Washingtonia palms. The seeds/fruit are edible and about 1.5" in diameter (compare to Washingtonia seed which is 1/6th that size). It does not do well as an indoor palm.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Beverly Hills, California Brentwood, California Carpinteria, California Encino, California Los Angeles, California Oakland, California San Diego, California (2 reports) San Leandro, California Union City, California Willits, California North, South Carolina Devers, Texas Shoreline, Washington