Pictures of some of the old-timer palms in El Paso
Here are some pictures of the largest most mature palms in EP. These old-timers are found growing in the thermal belted side slopes of the Franklins which is solid 8b with small pockets around the southern end approaching border line 9a.
Many of the palms pictured pre date EPs all time record low of -8 set back in 1962. Most of the ones that made it through this bitter freeze were Washingtonia filifera, Phoenix canariensis, and Phoenix dactylifera, but hearing stories from some long time locals there are even a few W. robusta that made it through this freeze. Apparently all the tall robustas were wiped out, but some of the small ones, benefiting from being down near buildings close to concrete and asphalt survived.
Steve from Las Cruces, and I agree, that the reason mature P. canariensis was able to survive while mature W. robusta was wiped out is because of size. The thickness of P. canariensis allowed it to hold off the cold longer than the skinny robusta.
Notice the freeze scars on the old Phoenix palms. The Phoenix and W. filifera pictured are at least 50 years old or more.
These robustas were planted in the late 60Âs/early 70Âs, after the big freeze of 62
Old olive tree
Jubaea chilensis have no idea how old this wine palm is, but I do know they are very slow growers.
Nice size Brahea armata probably around 30-35 years old.
Orange trees probably not more that 10 or 15 years, but still very cool to have citrus growing in El Paso. (Note this area is at the southern base of the franklins just north of downtown which I think is right on the edge of 9a)
Bougainvillea is a die back perennially here, but after a few years they can obtain a nice root system and grow to a decent size over the summer.