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These seedlings of
the Mexican fan palm and California fan
palm pop up as weeds
in my garden. Especially under the wires where many birds sit. The two
species are difficult to tell apart when they are small.
These trees are
native to the deserts of nothern Mexico, and are
commonly planted for decoration in this area. They become quite
tall. The dead leaves forming the "skirts" on these trees need to
be cut off frequently. Otherwise they form nesting sites for
birds, rats, and other critters. They also create a serious fire
hazard. Ignited by blowing against power lines, burning bits on
the wind set fire to an entire block of apartment buildings in the West
The flowers of the Mexican fan palm are small and not very showy. Here is a cluster of hundreds of flowers.
This shows mature fruit which birds evidently enjoy. Then they deposit the seed, with fertilizer in my garden.
Here is a young palm,
not many months after the first leaf
appeared. They may add a great deal to landscaping while they are
relatively small. But as they get taller they are beautiful only
from a distance.
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