The hardy Palm Trees of Colorado.
|Washingtonia sideroclada ssp. argentea|
Palm trees are generally thought of as Tropical plants, restricted to humid, warm winter regions. Obviously, most people are not aware that there are many iron-clad species, such as this small colony that once grew along Monaco Avenue in Denver, a short ways south of Evans. Despite being planted in a rather exposed microclimate, with a deep sandy soil, these throve for many years: I would admire them as I drove by year in year out, their graceful, bending forms and rigidly proud fronds outstretched with an almost military rigidity: what's not to like? Then a day came when I noticed the sign....
|Sign of things to come|
|Cocos nucifera ssp. boulevardensis|
Possibly always rare, and now extinct in its type locality--this high altitude coconut palm once throve along Colorado Boulevard here in Denver--producing its characteristic clusters of fruit that fortunately never fell on passers by.
|We're not sure if the proximity to "Hooters" has any significance....|
I admired the lofty crowns of this evergreen palm for many years, until it too fell victim to "progress"...
This delightful colony of an apparently sterile form of the genus still persists--possibly responding to the abundant irrigation on the lawn beneath. I hope some of those would be "environmentalists" will make an effort to preserve this thriving colony before it's too late for it as well!
|A closer look!|
|A single specimen|
|A closer look...trying to ignore that "rock"|