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Why no palm trees in Avon NC

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Why no palm trees in Avon NC

According to the climate charts for Avon NC they have a slightly milder winter then Palm Isle South Carolina. (I suspect this is because it juts out toward Bermuda more than Palm Isle) Yet Palm trees growing on the Outer Banks is almost unheard of. This is keeping me up at night so could someone please explain.

https://www.google.com/search?q=palm+isle+climate&rlz=1C1WERZ_enUS775US775&oq=palm+isle&aqs=chrome.0.69i59l2j69i57j69i60l3.5535j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&authuser=0&rlz=1C1WERZ_enUS775US775&ei=H57jW_G9HIGLrwTcmLiABg&q=avon+nc+climate&oq=avon+nc+climate&gs_l=psy-ab.3..35i39.4376.8263..8552...4.0..1.178.941.10j1......0....1..gws-wiz.......0j0i71j0i22i30j33i160j35i304i39.HkNXd1iK4P4

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1. Re: Why no palm trees in Avon NC

Palm tree?! :-O

Did you mean "palmetto"?

https:/…sc-palmetto-tree.html

2. Re: Why no palm trees in Avon NC

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Kitty Hawk, North...
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3. Re: Why no palm trees in Avon NC

Winters are hard on them!! The people that put them up soon find out why they are not native to our area - THEY DIE.

Chapel Hill, North...
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4. Re: Why no palm trees in Avon NC

Here is the National Weather Service Climate Data for the Avon area: https://www.weather.gov/mhx/ClimoPlotsKHSE

and for the Isle of Palms, SC area: https://www.weather.gov/chs/climate

Brookneal, Virginia
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5. Re: Why no palm trees in Avon NC

"This is keeping me up at night so could someone please explain."

Evidently there is a lack of property owners in the Avon area who want to spend $$ to plant tropical trees only to watch them die.

Please don't take the lack of palm trees as a personal affront.

No harm was intended, I am sure they had no idea how much their decision would affect you on a deeper level and keep you up at night.

Perhaps this link can help: https://locator.apa.org/

Kitty Hawk, North...
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6. Re: Why no palm trees in Avon NC

"Palm Trees

The Outer Banks and other barrier islands of North Carolina have most of the conditions that palm trees love: warm salty air, sandy soil, and long summers without rain, but there's one area climate-wise that can hinder a palm trees success, and that's the colder winters. For best results, wrap up the palm tree in burlap fabric right before temperatures start to drop, (available at many landscaping dealers), and un-wrap when spring sets in."

Wrapping and unwrapping is costly and if you forget or if we get one of those winters with 10-15 deg weeks the wrapping is useless and the tree dies. I see lots of them put up and hardly ever see them 2 years later.

Vero Beach, Florida
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7. Re: Why no palm trees in Avon NC

Palm Talk, the forum of the International Palm Society had a discussion on the ranges of the Sabal Palm and its trunkless relative Sabal minor, which sneaks into Virginia.

An 1860 (!) publication by the State of North Carolina on woody plants stated that Sabal palms had been native to Hatteras Island, but they’d all been harvested for their edible buds. The author, Moses Ashley Curtis, was a reliable and very well traveled botanist, educator, and Epicopal priest. At present, the northernmost wild Sabals are on Bald Head Island. I’ve seen them.

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8. Re: Why no palm trees in Avon NC

By the way, there’s a beautiful Sabal palmetto tree in Manteo, or at least there was last year. I need to drive by and check.

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9. Re: Why no palm trees in Avon NC

I drove through Manteo twice and failed to spot the Sabal. Went to Google Maps and found it immediately on Street View from April 2018. At 941 US-64, east side in a yard with two Trachycarpus palms. Across from the Shell Station and Credit Union. It's a beauty.

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