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Palm tree


Palm tree


Here we describe a species belonging to the palm tree, very widespread spontaneously in Italy under the name of "Palma di San Pietro". Native to the western Mediterranean regions, it is mainly cultivated in the coastal areas and on the shores of the pre-alpine lakes. It is the only spontaneous palm in Europe: it is a dwarf palm, the height and the diameter are about one meter, while the cultivated specimens can reach, even being two tall. There is also a variety, the dactylocarpa, which also reaches 6 meters. The leaves have an elongated woody petiole, at the end of which the palmate laminae are divided into linear segments arranged in a fan and are joined in a tuft at the top of the stem. The palm is planted in the spring, planting it in all drained soils, it can be placed in full sun or even partially in the shade, the important thing is that it is sheltered from the winds.
To multiply them the basal shoots come off, provided with two or three leaves, to be packed in containers that will be cultivated in sheltered positions for about a year before being planted the following spring. In colder regions it will be good to grow these shoots in greenhouses.