|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|
|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"...
|A closer look!|
|A single specimen|
|A closer look...trying to ignore that "rock"|