Friday, August 2, 2019
In layman's terms that is a cross between the rather common Canary Island Palm and the multi trunked Senegalese Date Palm.
The palm grew and grew but it was actually very ugly. It was a mountain of fronds and suckers, we called it Cousin It. Big amorphous blob.
Leslie and I cut off a lot of bottom sucker growth. It had the worst qualities of both parents, a botanic disaster. The spikes were long and lethal.
We never took the beard off the palm and it became a dense thicket. Orioles played in its protective skirting. Left it well enough alone.
Our neighbor Todd has been helping me around the house lately. Great guy and an arborist. I asked him if he could trim it up for me.
And lo and behold, my ugly duckling is now a beautiful swan with nine trunks, topping out near twenty four feet in the air. Who knew?
In a day or two it will be finished up. I need to fertilize it, green it up but will wait until it is a little cooler.
I sent a picture to a palm expert friend who thinks it is more probably a reclinata x roebelenii cross. He mentions a lack of side shoots on the trunks and some identifying frond characteristics.
Rancho Soledad now thinks it is a straight reclinata. I sure don't. I will have to look around for a before picture. The difference is startling.