Sunday, July 20, 2008

Double Headed Cabbage Palm Tree

As you already know I am extremely interested in rare and exotic plants. Located at McKee Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach Florida is a very nice Double Headed Cabbage Palm Tree ( Sabal palmetto ) which is Florida's State Tree. The Double Headed Cabbage Palm Tree was donated by Dr. John Rogers and The Vero Beach Sunrise Rotary Club.

Palm Tree's do not branch like other Tree's so to get a double or triple headed Palm Tree is very rare. This only happens when a tragedy has struck. It may happen when lightening strikes causing damage to the head and for some reason a new head forms while the other head is still alive and they both continue to grow. The Palm Tree may have been infected with some disease that may have triggered it as well. There are may factors that can cause multiple heads to forms, for whatever reason this happened I am glad I have seen this. I have a Double Headed Queen Palm Tree in my back yard. To see the pictures of my Double Headed Queen Palm click here. For now here are the pictures of the Double Headed Cabbage Palm Tree that is at McKee Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach Florida.




5 comments:

I likE plants! said...

Very cool post and pics!

Steven Alexander said...

Enjoy looking at your blog. Nice images. I'll be back to see updates. Cheers.

Martha said...

That is very cool! I'm a native Floridian and have never seen that! I love your interest in unusual plants (I'd never seen the variegated seagrape either). I just left a comment on your entry about your Variegated pink lemon entry - when I bought mine at Walmart I also bought a Buddah's Hand tree (also for the extreme bargain price of $5!) - the Buddah's hand is a must have for someone who loves unusual plants! I have some photos over at my new gardening blog if you want to check it out!

Anonymous said...

There is one at 3rd SE and Federal North in Delray Beach.

Alex said...

I was writing an article about my new discovery of Double Treetops Palm and looked over the internet to find out how common it is. Your finding attracted my curiosity though the tree specious you're describing here is different from mine.
Living in a town called Nesher, east of Haifa, Israel, I paid attention that on the main boulevard - Bar-Yehuda Road - grows a double headed palm tree
[ http://screencast.com/t/NzQ1ZTdm ]. The municipality planted palms along the road for kilometers and one of the trees developed two heads. It makes fruit every year and well taken care of.
I have posted a question about the phenomena in The Israel flora website and got an expert's respond that IT IS RARE, though not unfamiliar. It may happen due to a lightening hit of the treetop or harmful insects attack which drives the tree to develop a replacement.
http://flora.huji.ac.il/browse.asp?action=thread&f=10&t=2299
I have presented the tree also in: http://www.enchantedceiling.com/GHQ887AZ46 - a site I participate for years with my skyline pictures.
Alex Ringer