Palms of Rehoboth Beach, DE
My partner and I were in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (zone 7b) over the Columbus Day weekend and were pleased to see many hardy palms, bananas, and other subtropical & exotic plants growing happily at two different locations. Here are some of the palm highlights; for the rest of the photos, visit my online photo album (link below).
The first set of palms were growing around a guest house just 2 blocks from the beach; it's nice to see palms growing in such a public and visible place! The guest house:
Palms included windmills (Trachycarpus fortunei):
Needle palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix):
And the biggest surprise, Mediterranean fan palm (Chamaerops humilis)--not the biggest palm, but surprising that it survives at all in zone 7:
I also saw several palms growing at a private home a bit more inland, including needle palms (which apparently get quite a bit of damage from the constant winter wind):
and Sabal minor, which were producing fruit: