Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 50 feet to 60 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Leaves grow 12 feet to 15 feet in length and are yellow-green in color.
Flower Color: White
Other: Cream to Gray
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info
Propagation: Other methods: Other: Plant fresh coconut sideways with half of the coconut buried in moist soil and the other half exposed. It will sprout within 1 to 2 months. Slow growing.
Containers: Not suitable for containers

Coastline Tree.

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By NEILMUIR1 on July 19, 2012

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Posted by tarev (San Joaquin County, CA - Zone 9b) on Oct 18, 2011 12:24 AM

In the Philippines, all parts of this tree have multi-uses.
The husk of the fruits, when dried, can be used as a homemade hardwood floor polisher . The oil and milk of the coconut fruit are used a lot in cooking. The meat of the fruit is also consumed as dessert.The juice of this fruit is said to be effective in kidney cleansing. The milk is also a good hair conditioner. The leaves of this tree can be used as roofing material,while other parts of the leaves can be used as spears or for torches. The trunk of this tree can be used for house posts. Other products derived from the coconut tree are coconut vinegar, coconut flour, coconut oil, and lubricant.

Having a coconut tree in one's backyard adds a tropical appeal to the garden landscape, but beware of getting hit on the head by the falling fruits. Thrives in very humid areas. This tree grows to 30-50 feet in height.

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Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Sep 29, 2011 6:13 PM

Coconut palms should not be used too close to houses or parking areas unless you plan to keep the nuts trimmed off of them on a regular basis. The nuts are quite heavy; even small immature nuts dropping from on high can have quite an impact. In essence; the nuts are bombs waiting to happen.

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