Dwarf Coconuts in Hawaii

andyandy(6bMI)October 6, 2006

I know there is a seperate palms forum but not too many people from Hawaii post on it. I was wondering if there are dwarf variety coconuts in Hawaii. I ordred a couple of sprouting coconuts back in the spring. having come from Hawaii I assumed they were both "pacific tall" varieties. In Florida they have red, green, and golden dwarfs. I am not aware of these being in Hawaii. Could anyone tell me if there are indded dwarfs there. I sure think I got a golden dwarf. I would appreciate any input.

thanx,

Andy

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hotzcatz(Hamakua, Hawaii)

Aloha Andy,

There is the Samoan Coconut which is shorter than the usual tall coconut trees. It has larger coconuts which are easier to reach from the ground but I don't know if it would exactly be a "dwarf" anything. It still grows into a fairly large sized tree. The nuts from the Samoan coconut are about half again as large as the regular coconuts. They seem more round, somehow, too.

A hui hou,
Cathy

    Bookmark   October 6, 2006 at 9:41PM
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andyandy(6bMI)

Cathy-
Thank you for the information. When I say "dwarf" I mean a palm that tops out at 30-40 feet rather than the 80 feet a tall can get to.

thanx again,
Andy

    Bookmark   October 9, 2006 at 8:30AM
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johndp8888(Oahu, Hawaii)

There is an excellent article in the book "Traditional Trees of Pacific Islands" that covers dwarf coconuts in detail by varietal. There is also a web site that covers the same data at http://www.agroforestry.net/tti/index.html. Look under Cocos nucifera in the list.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2007 at 5:08PM
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