Mexican Fan Palms in Chincoteague, Virginia
I took an afternoon drive down to Chincoteague today. It's just an hour and half south of my Delaware beach town midway between here and Virginia Beach.
It didn't surprise me at all to see Windmill palms, but it did surprise me to see greater numbers of
Mexican Fan Palms (Washingtonia). Typical to
a resort area the palms
were mostly at motels, restaurants and places like mini golf.
Most were in the 4' to 6' height range and obviously had wintered over. Most had some burned outter fronds. But they all had plenty of new, healthy
green fronds and emerging spears.
I was actually hoping to see some sabal palmettos being closer to Virginia Beach, where they're numerous and thriving. Didn't notice any of those, but the Washys really surprised me.
Since Chincoteague is only 55 miles south as the crow flies, I'm definitely going to plant one of my Washys out in the garden and see how it does.
Sorry I didn't get any photos. Just wanted to pass on my observation today.