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    palm tree - any suggestion?

    I am looking for some suggestions. I would like to plant some palm trees around the pond area but I don't want those that flowers. it creates a mess. I want to create some shade around the pond. what other trees/plants that doesn't flower and look nice for planting around the koi pond to provide shade? I don't need something that grow too big either. thx.

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    It depends on your winter low temps as to which palms will survive. How about some horizontal trunk action?

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    there are many options in your local nursery

    If your looking for slow growers and things that don't get too big over the years read the tags and look for the word "nana" in the scientific gargon

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    Living in the tropics I have become familiar with the palm tribe. Yes Dick, the term "nana" or "nano" can imply or describe a variety of plant as well as things like nanotechnology which are things dealing with atomic and molecular scale.
    Palm tree botony and terminology is a little different than hard wooded plants such as the conifer family which can use "nana" (dwarf) as a description.
    The palm tribe uses either common or scientific names but there are no sports or variations that would be named "nana". Palm species and crosses do not dwarf the same as you would find with woody ornamentals.

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    Steve: You lost me when you said you did not want it to get very big. For shade and low mess, my suggestion would be Phoenix canariensis and its many hybrids, but it grows very large. It can grow just about anywhere palms grow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingkong View Post
    It depends on your winter low temps as to which palms will survive. How about some horizontal trunk action?
    Do they make V-i-a-g-r-a for palm trees?

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    how about japanese maple? any that doesn't drop leaves in the winter? I am in san jose, california. it can get to freeze temp during winter nights but it just a few nights a year.

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    unfortunately maples drop their leaves

    There are some other japanese plants like perris japanica, cammellia, and satsuki azealeas that are always green.

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    The Hollister and San Jose Nurseries come highly recommended and don't forget some synthetic turf...no one will tell. LOL Russ, those palms do need a little lift of sorts.

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    Trachycarpus fortunei can take the colder zones well and is medium sized with no need of v-i-a-g-r-a feedings.

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