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rejo
Mar 20, 2017 12:28 PM CST

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I'm going to move to South Carolina soon and the house I'm moving into has a couple short palm trees in the front yard. I'm trying to figure out how to take care of them, but I'm having a hard time finding out exactly what kind of palm it is. I know Sabal Palms are the native palms in South Carolina, but I can't find any types that look like the ones in my yard. I have a photo attached here.
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Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Mar 20, 2017 12:40 PM CST
It reminds me of Mexican Fan Palm (Washingtonia robusta)
More images on this page: http://www.palmpedia.net/wiki/...
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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 20, 2017 3:58 PM CST
Lin, check the posters photo again. Definitely not any kind of fan palm.
Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Mar 20, 2017 5:34 PM CST
Daisy, *Blush* I should have enlarged the photo and looked closer, it sure doesn't appear to be a Washingtonia.

A couple more that are sort of cold hardy, although I don't know if they grow in S.C.
Wild Date Palm (Phoenix sylvestris)
Needle Palm (Rhapidophyllum hystrix)

Another that is similar is Mule Palm Mule Palm (XButiagrus nabonnandii) but we have no photos for comparison. It is very cold hardy and could survive in S.C. Scroll down this page for images of large specimens: http://www.floridasbesttrees.c...
And, information here: http://charlotte.ifas.ufl.edu/...

Hopefully someone knowledgeable with Palms will be along with an exact ID before long!
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Name: Scott
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ScotTi
Mar 20, 2017 5:42 PM CST
Your palm is a Butia Capitata or as it is commonly known as a Pindo Palm.
Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Mar 20, 2017 5:50 PM CST
LOL, I really should have recognized it; we had them in our yard when we lived in Daytona Beach. Jelly Palm (Butia capitata)
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Name: Scott
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ScotTi
Mar 20, 2017 6:20 PM CST
Lin, You were close with the Mule Palm. I just added photos to the database of a few of mine.

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