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Old April 24th, 2010, 11:39 PM
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Default Palms by the pool

I'd like to place a few palms in the landscaping by my new pool. My requirements: not too messy, doesn't have excessively fragrant blooms, and fits in a flowerbed 5 feet wide (can get wider above the 8 foot fence). and I'd prefer 2 different types. One palm would be limited to approximately 20 or 25 feet to keep it out of power lines and would be located at the back of my pool. The other palm would be closer to the house and spa. I live in Houston, zone 9, so the trees must withstand scorching summers but usually mild winters with an occasional hard freeze. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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Old May 19th, 2010, 02:11 PM
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Default Good options for Houston Texas with palms

Well you can use a European Fan Palm for the flower box. The european fan palms loves hot summers and cold winters. They are slow growing and are drought tolerant. For the taller palm. I would suggest a Windmill Palm or maybe even a Pindo Palm. The pindo palm is a bit messy so scratch that. The Windmill Palm takes for ever to get to 20 feet. Sometimes is hard to find windmill palms at 14+ feet. Queen palms might die on you from the cold and grow really quick so scratch that and they are messy with fruit. The Sylvester Date palm or the MEdjool date palm would work but they come with a price tag. Houston Texas get how cold. 20-25's or colder? The european is perfect. The windmill is probably you best bet with the height restriction and the cold winters and hot summers.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 08:49 AM
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Default Well...the winidmill would do great but hes getting the hot sun and cold nights...

Do you think the windmill will acclimate to that... I saw on realpalmtrees that they have a beaked yucca palm. To me, that type of species would do the best but thats just my opinion.
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