We've got some of the most curious & interesting facts about palm trees. Since they're definitely interesting plants.
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When I first started learning more about palms, I was so surprised about some of the palm facts I learned. Let's look at some of the interesting facts about palm trees:
Most palms are only suited for the tropics, or in subtropical climates. Yet some do grow elsewhere, In Surprising Places!
Palms don't have yearly tree rings, like oaks, elms, etc. They have their own unique way of growing.
Almost all palm trees do not grow branches off the main trunk. What looks like branches on the palms you've seen are actually stems of their fronds (leaves).
These stems growing off the trunk aren't branches. They're an Entire Palm leaf, with their rachis & leaflets.
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Some palms appear to not have a trunk at all. Their fronds seem to sprout right up from the ground.
But it's not really from not having a trunk. Thir trunks are subterranean, growing beneath the ground.
Others aren't very obvious because they spread out along top of the soil!
Butea microspadix Has an Underground Trunk
Difference of Palm Trunks From Other Trees
PALM TRUNKS ARE DIFFERENT FROM WOODY TREES
Once a palm has developed its start-up trunk height & width, it won't expand its girth any further.
At least by yearly growth ring expansion. Like getting new/thicker wood around the trunk. Palms don't have growth rings.
The only way they can get thicker in some areas, is by cellular expansion. For instance retaining more water into cells in rainy times.
On the other hand, palms can narrow by their cells becoming smaller. This can be in response, for instance, to drought circumstances.
Odd, Interesting Facts About Palms
SOME ODD & INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PALMS
Modern biology taxonomists have updated the scientific name of many palms. That way there is improved organization. To better represent the various palm tribes, subtribes & subfamilies. Also to include newly discovered Rare Palm Trees.
An excellent Palm Landscaping Tip is to plant the same species in groups of three. But when choosing them, be sure they're different heights/ages at planting time.
Otherwise as they grow, their crown tops will argue for space with each other!
When Pruning Palm Trees
THINKING ABOUT PRUNING A PALM?
Pruning fronds is often overdone. It's painful to look at when you know why it's not good!
Some think palms need the same treatment as oaks, deciduous bushes or vines. Or when done by garden maintenance contractors. NOT SO.
Overdone Pruning makes palm crowns look like "fountain spouts" or "feather dusters." That type of aggressive pruning half-starves a palm. Robbing it of photosynthesis for proper feeding.
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