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Dwarf Coconuts in Hawaii

Posted by andyandy 6bMI (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 6, 06 at 11:40

I know there is a seperate palms forum but not too many people from Hawaii post on it. I was wondering if there are dwarf variety coconuts in Hawaii. I ordred a couple of sprouting coconuts back in the spring. having come from Hawaii I assumed they were both "pacific tall" varieties. In Florida they have red, green, and golden dwarfs. I am not aware of these being in Hawaii. Could anyone tell me if there are indded dwarfs there. I sure think I got a golden dwarf. I would appreciate any input.

thanx,
Andy


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RE: Dwarf Coconuts in Hawaii

Aloha Andy,

There is the Samoan Coconut which is shorter than the usual tall coconut trees. It has larger coconuts which are easier to reach from the ground but I don't know if it would exactly be a "dwarf" anything. It still grows into a fairly large sized tree. The nuts from the Samoan coconut are about half again as large as the regular coconuts. They seem more round, somehow, too.

A hui hou,
Cathy


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RE: Dwarf Coconuts in Hawaii

Cathy-
Thank you for the information. When I say "dwarf" I mean a palm that tops out at 30-40 feet rather than the 80 feet a tall can get to.

thanx again,
Andy


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RE: Dwarf Coconuts in Hawaii

There is an excellent article in the book "Traditional Trees of Pacific Islands" that covers dwarf coconuts in detail by varietal. There is also a web site that covers the same data at http://www.agroforestry.net/tti/index.html. Look under Cocos nucifera in the list.


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