A visit to palmy Trenton

steve_nj(7-a)September 1, 2012

Today I visited several palmy sites in Hamilton & downtown Trenton. All were planted 7 or 8 years ago. This is behind the Hamilton Library. Trachys are in poor, gravelly soil and have been slow.

These are Sabal minor 'McCurtain' at the Human Services Bldg. There are trachys here also, but they're in dryish shade in poor soil and have been very slow.

There are basjoo banana , crape myrtle, palms, Choisya ternata 'Sundance', & Spiraea at the Mercer County Courthouse.

Crape myrtles

Trachycarpus

Sabal Sp. 'Birmingham'

These are trachys behind the Trenton War Memorial.

Young minors

Behind the Statehouse

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jimhardy

These look like they will be tough in the long haul.

Is the perceived slowness of growth partly
because of winter damage or maybe just a slow start?

They are certainly planted close enough to enjoy those micro-climates.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 11:58AM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

The trachys look great despite the poor soil and slow growth. They crape myrtles and sabals look awesome too!
Thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 12:48PM
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chadec(N.C.7b)

Very nice looking palms. Still think they would be fine a little farther out from the wall. The fronds are all pressed against the wall. That row of crapes is very nice looking. Haven't been up there in 5 years, glad too see they are doing well.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 8:56PM
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islandbreeze

That looks like a really nice sabal minor in the first pic. It looks plenty happy there too seeing as it's flowering. It gives me more encouragement that mine will do well or at least be long-term survivors.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 11:42PM
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steve_nj(7-a)

A couple of the sites have poor soil and/or deep shade and trachys have been slow because of that. There was very little winter damage after the first couple of winters.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2012 at 9:00PM
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