To honor our H.O.T.Y., Donald R. Hodel, the Sharing Secrets question for September is:
”What is your favorite palm tree... and why?”
My favorite palm is...chamerops humulis 'cerifera'. I saw it growing on the steep atlas mountains of morocco. It's slow growing making it a good option for containers or small planting areas. the blue color works wonderfully against dark greens of ceanothus cypress and myrtus. and small leaves that can be used in flower arrangements as a striking sculptural element. Laura morton
Pindo palm!! It is an attractive plant, but the fruits are out of this world. I was at the Arboretum once on a hot day when the pindo palms were dropping fruit all over. The smell was so tantalizing, and I was so thirsty, and the fruits are so juicy and refreshing, but I wasn't sure if it would be acceptable to opportunistically snack on them. I hear that you can make jelly from them, too!