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Post Guardian: LA’s famous palms are dying off
The typical hostility against non-native plants on display here
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/29/los-angeles-palm-trees-dying


Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:33 am
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Post Re: Guardian: LA’s famous palms are dying off
scottinfukie wrote:
The typical hostility against non-native plants on display here
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/29/los-angeles-palm-trees-dying


I didn't read any of that there myself. And it's hard to argue with "give more shade and consume less water". It's not as if they're being felled when they're healthy.

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Post Re: Guardian: LA’s famous palms are dying off
David Matzdorf wrote:
scottinfukie wrote:
The typical hostility against non-native plants on display here
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/29/los-angeles-palm-trees-dying


I didn't read any of that there myself. And it's hard to argue with "give more shade and consume less water". It's not as if they're being felled when they're healthy.


LA could certainly use more shade trees and I’m fine with that but some of the people they spoke to seemed to display that anti-exotics attitude that is so frustrating. There are cases, such as with melaleuca, which are terribly invasive in the natural areas surrounding Florida’s cities, where even banning certain species is called for, but so the blanket hostility to exotics is annoying. It’s also absurd to characterize Washingtonias and Phoenix species as particularly water-greedy. They do well in Southern California with little to no watering.


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Post Re: Guardian: LA’s famous palms are dying off
scottinfukie wrote:
It’s also absurd to characterize Washingtonias and Phoenix species as particularly water-greedy. They do well in Southern California with little to no watering.

I agree. In around a decade I haven't even once watered the Washingtonia robusta that's on my parkway strip. Here's my street...

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Post Re: Guardian: LA’s famous palms are dying off
Palms and Eucalyptus are taking a beating in California. Once people hear they are bad,its hard to stop the dogma.
Nice Euc by my house.

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Post Re: Guardian: LA’s famous palms are dying off
In Johannesburg you aren't allowed to plant eucalyptus according to my tour guide over there. Yet there are extensive eucalypt plantations all over South Africa outside the cities, which would have a greater impact on the environment than urban plantings.


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