Help with Palm ID --- VIDEO --- Dublin Ireland --- Trachy???

theiss87(7a Newark, DE)August 11, 2011

On vacation to Ireland, I stumbled across what APPEAR to be Trachycarpus Fortuneis in several places across the country. However, the lower portions of the trunk are incredibly smooth, leading me to guess they can be/have been trimmed? MOST interesting of all, one I found is flowering.

In addition, I found a quite large Butia Capitata (Pindo) in a very protected microclimate (protected on three sides with brick walls, and the fourth might as well be as it is a large stair case.

Here is a link that might be useful: VIDEO of Windmill Palms w/Clipped trunks

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tropicalzone7(7b)

Nice finds! The palm in your pic is definitely a trachy! Ireland has a nice zone 9 climate so Trachys do very well there! Not bad for being 50+ N in latitude!!
-Alex

    Bookmark   August 11, 2011 at 4:27PM
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theiss87(7a Newark, DE)

Yeah that's what I was thinking, but I have never seen such high specimens in person or one with a smooth trunk, and all the large ones were smooth. Also kind of surprising that the one was flowering.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2011 at 5:19PM
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Hunter_M(Kentucky Z.6)

Yeah,thats a trachy. I think it was trimmed for a more tropical look. They can actually get to about 20 ft. tall.
-Hunter

    Bookmark   August 11, 2011 at 7:53PM
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wetsuiter(7b/8a)

Theiss87, I keep telling you that you need to see some of the windmills in Rehoboth Beach. The are about 15' tall and flower each spring. Fair amount of seeds ripening up now.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 12:06AM
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lzrddr(91360)

Even without looking at photos I would have guessed Trachycarpus.. .what else would anyone grow there?

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 1:14PM
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jacklord(7A)

I visited Ireland back in 1986 and was shocked to see Palms there. Then someone explained the Gulf Stream influenced the climate, etc. That was probably what sparked my interest in hardies.

Anyway, I recall mostly Trachys (which I have also since seen in Germany, England, Switzerland, and Alpine Italy) but also a fair amount of Cordylines.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 5:08PM
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subtropix

Ahhh, Ireland--this passion for palms must be in my green, Irish blood.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 5:31PM
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Hunter_M(Kentucky Z.6)

njoasis: You have Irish in your blood? I have Scotch-Irish in my blood.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 6:05PM
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subtropix

Scotch-Irish here too.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 6:34PM
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subtropix

"It's proud I am that I'm Irish. And don't you

be forgetting, Missy, that you're half-Irish too. And to

anyone with a drop of Irish blood in them, why the land

they live on is like their mother. Oh, but there, there, now,

you're just a child. It'll come to you, this love of the land."

"Gone With the Wind" (1939)

....So true.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 6:51PM
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wetsuiter(7b/8a)

Hunter and NH oasis, It's "SCOTS - Irish", not scotch. Scotch is the whiskey. A Scot is someone from Scotland. They are Scottish, not scotch. My British family pointed that out to me many years ago when I made thesame genealogy claim.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 8:23PM
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Hunter_M(Kentucky Z.6)

Sorry, a mistake. Whats funny is Im part British too!
My moms ancestors English and my dads are SCOTS-Irish.
I also have some French too,lol.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 8:32PM
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subtropix

Not a mistake, both Scots-Irish and Scotch-Irish are in used synonymously in modern, American usage. Here's a link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotch-Irish_American

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 3:24PM
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