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(Some Palm Tree Guy)   Have you ever wondered where the oldest palm tree in LA is? Me neither but here it is anyway   (nathanmasters.me ) divider line
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2013-08-09 04:36:32 PM  
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2013-08-09 04:36:41 PM  
I'm at a loss for words.
 
2013-08-09 04:39:02 PM  
Ivan: I'm at a loss for words.

Too bad the author wasn't...
 
2013-08-09 04:39:34 PM  
Palm trees are a disgusting nuisance
 
2013-08-09 04:40:11 PM  
Under a big "W"
 
2013-08-09 04:41:06 PM  

SnakeLee: Palm trees are a disgusting nuisance


They're farking silent killers.

http://glendora.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/man-killed-in-tre e- trimming-accident
 
2013-08-09 04:43:47 PM  
Well. isnt that something?
 
2013-08-09 04:44:06 PM  
No. No I haven't.
 
2013-08-09 04:45:25 PM  
These "oldest tree" stories always seem to end in a "drunk guy with chainsaw" story a week later.
 
2013-08-09 04:46:18 PM  
What's the over/under on that tree's life, now that it's been 'outed'? I give it a month before some nut poisons it or chops it down.
 
2013-08-09 04:47:17 PM  

blacknite: [www.empowernetwork.com image 500x400]


I dunno, I thought it was sorta interesting, probably because I grew up in San Diego in a neighborhood where huge-ass palm trees were every 20 feet or so...I got all nostalgic.
 
2013-08-09 04:48:14 PM  

Lars The Canadian Viking: These "oldest tree" stories always seem to end in a "drunk guy with chainsaw" story a week later.


yeah, sadly, they do.

Or they get carved into by kids wanting to tag piece of history.
 
2013-08-09 04:51:46 PM  
I have actually wondered this, out loud, during a conversation about old trees in California. Thanks, subby.

/moving to LA on Sunday
 
2013-08-09 04:56:16 PM  

SnakeLee: Palm trees are a disgusting nuisance


Explain? That is one of the stranger statements I've ever read. You are literally the first person on the internet that has ever said that.
 
2013-08-09 04:58:09 PM  

Cobblestone Flag: SnakeLee: Palm trees are a disgusting nuisance

Explain? That is one of the stranger statements I've ever read. You are literally the first person on the internet that has ever said that.


Don't they have a tendency to explode once on fire, or is the eucalyptus?
 
2013-08-09 05:06:55 PM  

fat boy: Under a big "W"


He just went sailing right out there.
 
2013-08-09 05:13:40 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: What's the over/under on that tree's life, now that it's been 'outed'? I give it a month before some nut poisons it or chops it down.


This was the exact same concern I had
 
2013-08-09 05:17:45 PM  

Cobblestone Flag: SnakeLee: Palm trees are a disgusting nuisance

Explain? That is one of the stranger statements I've ever read. You are literally the first person on the internet that has ever said that.


Fallen fronds can flatten tires?
 
2013-08-09 05:18:54 PM  

Cobblestone Flag: SnakeLee: Palm trees are a disgusting nuisance

Explain? That is one of the stranger statements I've ever read. You are literally the first person on the internet that has ever said that.


They drop these little seeds everywhere that cake the sidewalk and stick to your shoes. They harbor rats and other vermin, which go everywhere if they're cut down (although I did see a family of owls in one once).  They're non native and provide 0 shade.  They need to be cut and maintained all the time which is really expensive and 10x more costly than a native tree.  If they're not maintained, they look terrible, their roots go nuts and rip up the sidewalks and their canopy falls off which routinely kills or paralyzes people.  There isn't much good about them other than they make tourists feel tropical when they're near them.
 
2013-08-09 05:27:43 PM  

SnakeLee: Cobblestone Flag: SnakeLee: Palm trees are a disgusting nuisance

Explain? That is one of the stranger statements I've ever read. You are literally the first person on the internet that has ever said that.

They drop these little seeds everywhere that cake the sidewalk and stick to your shoes. They harbor rats and other vermin, which go everywhere if they're cut down (although I did see a family of owls in one once).  They're non native and provide 0 shade.  They need to be cut and maintained all the time which is really expensive and 10x more costly than a native tree.  If they're not maintained, they look terrible, their roots go nuts and rip up the sidewalks and their canopy falls off which routinely kills or paralyzes people.  There isn't much good about them other than they make tourists feel tropical when they're near them.


Thank you for putting in to words my utter disdain for these stupid things. There's one a few blocks from me that kinda screws with my view of the bay. It's not a big deal but whenever there's a good wind storm I'm hoping the sucker goes down.
 
2013-08-09 05:36:36 PM  
Huh. I see that tree all the time when I go to football games.

I've always wondered why most palm trees lean south (as you can see in the pic).
 
2013-08-09 05:38:43 PM  
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It's Friday, I'm lazy, just imagine it, tks.
 
2013-08-09 05:45:55 PM  

SnakeLee: Cobblestone Flag: SnakeLee: Palm trees are a disgusting nuisance

Explain? That is one of the stranger statements I've ever read. You are literally the first person on the internet that has ever said that.

They drop these little seeds everywhere that cake the sidewalk and stick to your shoes. They harbor rats and other vermin, which go everywhere if they're cut down (although I did see a family of owls in one once).  They're non native and provide 0 shade.  They need to be cut and maintained all the time which is really expensive and 10x more costly than a native tree.  If they're not maintained, they look terrible, their roots go nuts and rip up the sidewalks and their canopy falls off which routinely kills or paralyzes people.  There isn't much good about them other than they make tourists feel tropical when they're near them.


Thank you! I live a couple of hundred miles away from the nearest palm trees, so I don't deal with them that much. The internet provided no information.

/didn't mean for my first message to sound so snarky
 
2013-08-09 05:47:11 PM  

Lorelle: Huh. I see that tree all the time when I go to football games.

I've always wondered why most palm trees lean south (as you can see in the pic).



1. As the Sun traverses the sky from East to West, its trajectory skews Southerly. That's why Southern exposure is good for gardens in this neck of the woods. The Palm is leaning into the Sun.

2. The strongest semi-anual Winds in this region blow from the North-East.

3. Palms were brought here against their will by heartless Palmnappers. They are trying to go home.
 
2013-08-09 05:48:01 PM  

SnakeLee: They drop these little seeds everywhere that cake the sidewalk and stick to your shoes. They harbor rats and other vermin, which go everywhere if they're cut down (although I did see a family of owls in one once).  They're non native and provide 0 shade.  They need to be cut and maintained all the time which is really expensive and 10x more costly than a native tree.  If they're not maintained, they look terrible, their roots go nuts and rip up the sidewalks and their canopy falls off which routinely kills or paralyzes people.  There isn't much good about them other than they make tourists feel tropical when they're near them.


There are several on the property where I live, and I nearly got hit by a huge falling frond a few months ago. One of my neighbors fell and broke her arm after being hit by fronds about a decade ago.
 
2013-08-09 06:06:19 PM  
Thank you! I live a couple of hundred miles away from the nearest palm trees, so I don't deal with them that much. The internet provided no information.

/didn't mean for my first message to sound so snarky
 
2013-08-09 06:24:25 PM  

Lorelle: SnakeLee: They drop these little seeds everywhere that cake the sidewalk and stick to your shoes. They harbor rats and other vermin, which go everywhere if they're cut down (although I did see a family of owls in one once).  They're non native and provide 0 shade.  They need to be cut and maintained all the time which is really expensive and 10x more costly than a native tree.  If they're not maintained, they look terrible, their roots go nuts and rip up the sidewalks and their canopy falls off which routinely kills or paralyzes people.  There isn't much good about them other than they make tourists feel tropical when they're near them.

There are several on the property where I live, and I nearly got hit by a huge falling frond a few months ago. One of my neighbors fell and broke her arm after being hit by fronds about a decade ago.


One place I lived had different trees planted in front of each unit, and I was in the 'Palm' bungalow. I liked the smaller one (only about 10' tall) because it looked like it was wearing a giant greenish-grey fright wig. The big one wanted me dead however.. it would regularly drop dead fronds from its 60' crown right onto my front porch, including a massive clump that was a good 10' x 8' and weighed a few hundred pounds. I thought someone had somehow crashed a car into my front door when it hit. Crushed the eaves above the door as well as the wooden table and chairs on the front porch, and left an 8" x 1/2" deep gouge in the oak door itself.
 
2013-08-09 06:32:34 PM  
Some of you folks might remember back in '03 when it seemed like all of SoCal was on fire. In some of the residential areas, palm trees helped to spread the fires and led to houses being burned down that might have been spared if palms weren't in the neighborhood.

/csb time..

A couple of years ago, I hear this strange sound outside my slider (like wind, but more intense). My wife was showering and I was watching my little guys, so I sort of ignored it for a minute or two until I decided to investigate. I looked out my window and the palm on the side of our house was engulfed. Luckily, my neighbor and I were able to keep it in check until the fire dept. put it out and nothing else was damaged.

In all honesty, I only trimmed the dead stuff off the tree about once a year and I hadn't gotten to it yet. One of the firemen told me that when a tree like that catches fire, it's usually because someone walks by and sets fire to it using a cig lighter.

I never wanted the damn tree to begin with. It started growing on its own and by the time I moved back into the house (it's my parents house) it was out of control.
 
2013-08-09 06:45:43 PM  

ladodger34: One of the firemen told me that when a tree like that catches fire, it's usually because someone walks by and sets fire to it using a cig lighter.


Now I know how to get that palm tree out of my view. Thanks!
 
2013-08-09 07:19:19 PM  

meat0918: Cobblestone Flag: SnakeLee: Palm trees are a disgusting nuisance

Explain? That is one of the stranger statements I've ever read. You are literally the first person on the internet that has ever said that.

Don't they have a tendency to explode once on fire, or is the eucalyptus?


Eucalyptus...also known for randomly dropping branches.
 
2013-08-09 07:32:11 PM  

Tellingthem: meat0918: Cobblestone Flag: SnakeLee: Palm trees are a disgusting nuisance

Explain? That is one of the stranger statements I've ever read. You are literally the first person on the internet that has ever said that.

Don't they have a tendency to explode once on fire, or is the eucalyptus?

Eucalyptus...also known for randomly dropping branches.


Trees in general are a pestilence. And now that newspapers, their main predator, have been driven to extinction by the Internets, tree populations are expected to explode in some places, crowding out more benign species like asphalt and artificial turf.
 
2013-08-09 09:19:06 PM  
No killer xmas tree?
 
2013-08-09 10:40:54 PM  
I moved last year from LA up to the high desert and found out after a month or so of wondering what the hell is going on up here that what was once thought to be the world's oldest living thing (now downgraded to second or third), a creosote ring, is only twenty miles from my home! Scoff if you will, but I'm sorta impressed by a 10,000 year old bush hiding out in an off road vehicle park.
 
2013-08-10 11:55:22 AM  

SomeoneDumb: I moved last year from LA up to the high desert and found out after a month or so of wondering what the hell is going on up here that what was once thought to be the world's oldest living thing (now downgraded to second or third), a creosote ring, is only twenty miles from my home! Scoff if you will, but I'm sorta impressed by a 10,000 year old bush hiding out in an off road vehicle park.


I'm with you. No scoffing.
 
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