Palms of Switzerland Männedorf

Palms of Switzerland Männedorf/ZH

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On our second day of Palm Hunting, we encountered probably one of the most spectacular palms ranging between 9 and 10 meters in height. Unfortunately, the owners were not available. So our story will follow as soon as we can reach the proud parents of these babies!

The first stop is in Männedorf, although the location is close to 400 meters above water level, the palms have been planted in a very protected location. With a southern exposure they receive the warmth of the sun’s rays from morning till evening, and through the earlier years when they were first installed, the wall behind them protected them from the fierce winter winds.

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We spoke with the owner, and it seems to be the trend, these palms were also brought back from Tecine, barely two years old, seedlings, dug up from a customer’s garden down in the south of Switzerland. They lost a few specimens over the years to the winter. In the early stages, first 5 years or so, they would wrap them up for winter, to protect the young growth from the snow. These palms are commonly known to withstand up to minus 15 degrees Celsius. But the snow, when it piles up on the leaves, can cause breakage, not to mention the heart of the palm is very tender and too much snow, over a long periond of time can cause severe damage to the new leaves soon to sprout. These palms were originally planted back in 1979, approximately 30 years ago.

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Aside the palm cluster, directly facing the street, is a beautiful Ficus, or Fig tree. As the garden is raised behind both the palms and the Ficus, they are nestled into a very warm and cultivating location. I imagine these palms will live a very long happy life.

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Within a few steps we took a turn down a smaller street and found garden after garden just peppered full of palms. Just incredible!!!

The Veiw of Palm Garden Drive:)

The Veiw of Palm Garden Drive:)

On this stop, only walking distance from the first location, we came upon the tallest specimen we have seen to date. This miraculous beast is definitely 9 when not 10 meters tall. Also planted directly next to the house, a two story at that, that has protected this baby for many, many years. We were unable to speak with the owners, but as soon as we get the story we will let you all know! In the same garden there were 3 other palm plantings. Directly across from the largest, some what exposed is a compact 4 to 5 meter specimen. And close to the entrance, also directly on the wall, a nice multiple stem specimen, much shorter than the other two, but nonetheless breath taking.

There was a garden directly before this one which was also covered with palms of every imaginable size, from 3 to 5 years old to probably 20 when not 30 year old palms. The tallest here were also between 4 and 5 meters. And in the same garden, we found two lovely specimens surrounding the entrance to the patio. Easily measuring 5 meters in height.

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This entire street is also sunken down off the main road, thus providing the entire area another form of protection from winds, as well as creating a warm spot, or microclimate being so close to the lake. In the last few pics you see the view from the Lake of Zürich, which these palms enjoy the whole day long 🙂

To Date the Tallest Trachycarpus fortuneii

To Date the Tallest Trachycarpus fortuneii

* Palms and a Fig

* Palms and a Fig

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A few gardens right down the Street, notice the enclave where the house are Located; totally protected!

A few gardens right down the Street, notice the enclave where the houses are Located; totally protected!

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The Veiw the Palms have of the Lake!

The Veiw the Palms have of the Lake!

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