Palm trees are what sets Southern California apart; they are a milestone to our local landscape. Even during the winter, having a palm tree on your property can ensure a truly Californian look. OC Tree Service Pros is a ‘born and bred’ Orange County company, so we sure know our fair share about palm tree care. Although palm trees are low maintenance, they still require specific care such as trimming and pruning. We are always reminding our lovely customers to remember about palm tree maintenance because many people tend to think they just grow on their own with no sort of assistance needed. Our certified team of arborists can provide palm trimming and pruning to keep your palm trees looking tall and healthy.
Palm trees are scientifically known as arecaceae. They are family to perennial plants. They can grow in almost any environment, but they flourish best in tropical and subtropical weather. They are very resistant, which is why you can find them anywhere from desserts to rainforests. North America has eleven palm tree species and California has one endemic palm tree called the Washingtonia, also known as the California fan palm.
Easy breezy care
Unlike evergreen trees, palm trees require less maintenance. Nonetheless, they have two main details that need to be kept in mind to guarantee their healthy growth. Firstly, palms produce heavy branches that weight down on them as time goes by. These branches can cause palms to grow crooked or lose height. They can also become a safety risks if they break off. Secondly, palm’s growth can be inhibited if they are over-pruned or over-trimmed. Without their green fronds, they can lack the necessary nutrients in order to flourish. Correct trimming is a great way to make the most out of the aesthetics of your palm.
There are several warning signs of an unhealthy palm tree. We like to share them with our clients so they can be on the lookout for emergency tree care. A sign that your palm tree isn’t getting proper hydration is yellow foliage. When a palm starts to lose its green foliage you should be worried. Dead or dying fronds is also a common sign that palm trees do not have sufficient nutrients or that you over did it with the trimming. Similarly, if you see insects, scorpions or rats near the palm tree, you should be cautious and make sure that pests haven’t made a nesting site out of your tree.
Fruits and Flower
The most typical fruit people relate to palm trees is coconut. A sandy beach with coconut trees and a clear blue sea is a classic vacation advertisement. Picking coconuts off your backyard in Orange County sounds like a dream come true, although it may be a bit difficult to achieve due to our weather. Don’t worry! There are several palm trees native to Orange County that can brighten up your landscape and provide a vacation like view. Some palm tree species bloom beautiful, colorful flowers during the spring. Other species, harvest small fruit, such as acai berries and dates. What’s the secret to making them bloom? Knowing exactly when and how to trim a palm tree.