For example, a 30 foot palm that has been a cornerstone of the garden long before we moved into our home appears damaged to the point of no return. It is a Malaysian coconut palm (cocos nucifera).
It is said that the Malaysian coconut palm first arrived in Florida in the 19th century when a vessel carrying coconuts shipwrecked off of what is now Palm Beach. Some of the coconuts planted themselves and the palm became a symbol of tropical opulence.
While the palm normally thrives in Florida, temperatures below freezing can be lethal. This winter we had at least two days below freezing and several more days in the 35 degree range.
Below are before and after photos of the palm:
November 1, 2009
February 28, 2010