Mysterious Birmingham! Hardy, trunk forming palms are highly sought after in northern areas because most trunk developing palms reach a cold hardiness limit at zone 8. This palm has a proven history of cold tolerance from Birmingham, AL to Oklahoma City, OK to Raleigh NC and various other locals, allowing gardeners in zone 7 to grow a trucking palm. The history and provenance of this plant are somewhat muddled, depending on the source but the plants ability to survive cold is no legend. This plant has a moderate to slow growth rate developing a trunk slowly over time. Everyone now considers that this palm is most likely a hybrid between Sabal palmetto and Sabal minor. The original plant in Miss Eva Alexander's garden was famous because in its time it was one of the most northerly growing trunk-palms in the south. We use the word "was" because now it is dead. The story goes that it was removed from her garden on Graymont Avenue which was going to be cleared for a church. It was relocated to the Birmingham Botanical Garden. There it thrived for 10 years, until it was killed in the freeze of 1983-84. Luckily the notoriety of this hardy trunk-palm had guaranteed its survival as seed had been widely planted and distributed across the south. It was destined to repopulate the city of Birmingham. Thanks go to Melanie B. Johns of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Hayes Jackson for their interest in this horticultural curiosity and for telling us its story. Thanks to for the image.
7b to 10
15' Tall x -
$42.50 3-Gallon #Y02-20 In stock