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LARGE Washingtonia palms in UK ? pics/links and info

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:27 pm
by Dave Brown
We need to start a survey of the larger Washingtonia palms in the UK. Billdango's idea :wink:

Some, like mine are well known and documented, but others seem to be tucked away and remain anonymous. If you know of a large Washingtonia let us know, and if possible post up a pic :)

Please only post on this topic if you are identifying a large palm or posting a pic of one. Use the general discussion topic for general Washingtonia discussion.

PS by large we are talking 10ft (3m) plus :wink:

I'll start the ball rolling with mine which is about 11ft (3.5m) Taken back in August
2013-08-25 18-30-36 Me and Washie.jpg
Dave Brown - Washingtonia robusta Chalk, Kent, England August 2013

Re: Who knows of LARGE Washingtonia palms in UK ?

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:28 pm
by Rob S
This is one i posted on the EPS forum last week, spotted by Axel;

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=darlas ... 93.68,,0,0

Re: Who knows of LARGE Washingtonia palms in UK ?

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:30 pm
by Rob S
Not forgetting the Daddy;

Re: Who knows of LARGE Washingtonia palms in UK ?

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:03 pm
by Axel
yes, Rob and me did a little investigation to find that one :wink:

here is another that was portrayed on this forum some years ago and is still growing strong.

http://goo.gl/maps/tbj9x

Re: Who knows of LARGE Washingtonia palms in UK ?

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:28 pm
by Leigh
Used to drive past this last year and it is taller than this old street view pic, trunk is filling out nicely, never seen it protected. Might have a look tomorrow see how it's getting on
There are taller one's around Pompey just got to remember where they are, where's Nathan


https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=89+Fra ... 17,,1,6.19

Re: Who knows of LARGE Washingtonia palms in UK ?

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:44 pm
by derrick
Some in Bournemouth this is one of them also Cosham near Portsmouth and Weymouth and Hasting no photos of them sorry .The 2nd photo is a double trunk in hamble not so big but rare .

Re: Who knows of LARGE Washingtonia palms in UK ?

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:51 pm
by Daniel
This one is growing in Sandsfoot Gardens, Weymouth. (sorry to people that saw it on the EPS although this photo was taken on a sunnier day).

Three of the four were planted at the same time but the one of the left has grown like a rocket compared to the others. The one planted in the shadiest conditions was killed in Winter 2010 and replaced in Spring 2011. It is the other one in the foreground.

Re: Who knows of LARGE Washingtonia palms in UK ?

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:57 pm
by derrick
All the Washy I see that look good are next to a wall or building .

Re: Who knows of LARGE Washingtonia palms in UK ?

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:31 pm
by cruefan
Heres one in Chingford, London E4 , photo taken in april so it looks a lot better now after the summer.I'll see if i can get a picture update later in the week.

Re: Who knows of LARGE Washingtonia palms in UK ?

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:51 pm
by fieldfest
if you geotag your pics on flickr, join the HTUK group* ( http://www.flickr.com/groups/htuk ) then you can browse a map of all the large palms in the UK rather than guess at where they are

http://www.flickr.com/groups/htuk/pool/map?mode=group
only showing the ones I have uploaded and geotagged today

theres several washingtonias at ventnor, this pic is a couple of years old but they're still there
http://www.flickr.com/photos/73185768@N00/10574863464

*name change of group pending Daves approval

EDIT:if you go to http://www.flickr.com/map and click 'search the map' type 'washingtonia' and for location put 'UK' and it comes up with some big ones

Re: Who knows of LARGE Washingtonia palms in UK ?

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:09 pm
by Nathan
This is undoubtedly the biggest in the UK, growing at Tresco Abbey Gardens on the Isles of Scilly...

Re: Who knows of LARGE Washingtonia palms in UK ?

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:30 pm
by Nathan
Leigh wrote:Used to drive past this last year and it is taller than this old street view pic, trunk is filling out nicely, never seen it protected. Might have a look tomorrow see how it's getting on
There are taller one's around Pompey just got to remember where they are, where's Nathan


https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=89+Fra ... 17,,1,6.19
Yes that one is just around the corner from where I live & like you say never been protected. There are a few dotted about but some are in back gardens & can't be seen easily on street view, there is a big one in a back garden near the Co-op in Devonshire Avenue, but you can't see it very clearly on street view...

There are Barry's in Edmonton, north London & the big one at the Chelsea Physic Garden too:

Re: Who knows of LARGE Washingtonia palms in UK ?

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:53 pm
by Nathan
And my own Washingtonia, which is around 10/11ft, never been protected & was planted small... Photos from April 2013:

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Re: Who knows of LARGE Washingtonia palms in UK ?

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:57 pm
by Nathan
kata wrote:I don't mean to seem critical having none of these palms,

Nathan, educate me.. :lol:

Is the Image barryw.jpg Palm almost dying? It all looks like dead leaves? I love the look of the Chelsea one.

Do the leaves drop off when they go gray and form new.

Like I say, I don't have any palm like that just a Trachicarpus.

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No Barry's palm just had some leaves frosted after a cold winter. He was also keeping the dead leaves on the trunk to form a 'skirt', something which Washingtonias do as they don't drop their dead fronds & in extreme cases the whole trunk can be covered, like this:

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Re: Who knows of LARGE Washingtonia palms in UK ?

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:53 pm
by Rob S
This one would be quite large by now but not sure if it has survived

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=canvey ... 66.73,,0,0