Summer house parties could get a palm tree boost

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Homeowners can add an exotic touch to their gardens with relatively little effort by investing in palm trees, an expert has claimed.

Martin Gibbons, who for 21 years has run The Palm Centre, a specialist nursery on the outskirts of Richmond, Surrey, suggested that palm trees could thrive in UK gardens without a great deal of maintenance.

"What really appeals is that they look so exotic, but are remarkably foolproof," he told the Daily Mail.

"When they're established, they don't need watering, feeding, pruning or pest control and some can withstand temperatures down to 5F [-15C]."

Attractive-looking palm trees could be used to complement other garden features such as summer houses and log cabins. According to Mr Gibbons, one of the best varieties is Trachycarpus fortunei, commonly known as the Chusan palm, which boasts a distinctive hairy trunk and 3ft-wide, fan-shaped leaves.

Mr Gibbons has written a number of specialist books on the subject including Palms: The Illustrated Identifier To Over 100 Palm Species.

Posted by David Webb   - 11 January 2011
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