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Queen Palms

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Queen palms have been widely planted in Florida because of their elegant stature, fast growth, and widespread availability.

These regal palms have smooth, grey trunks that can reach up to fifty feet tall and are topped with a large canopy of feathery foliage. In summer, queen palms produce large plumes of tiny flowers that mature into vibrant orange fruits by winter.

Despite their beauty, queen palms do have some caveats. They're not self-cleaning and won't always survive cold winters. They're also prone to several nutrient deficiencies, especially when grown in alkaline soil. And their fruits can be a hassle when they fall to the ground.

But if you crave a majestic palm that will sway in the breeze, queen palm is definitely a worthy option.

Queen palm
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