Huerta del Pacifico
                                                                                                    Todos Santos BCS

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So, your place is on the beach - we have intelligent choices for you ...
Salt Tolerance:

  Excellent to Good Salt tolerance:

-Cherry Palm (Pseudophoenix sargentii)
-Sabal Palm (Sabal palmetto) - High salt tolerance.
-Bottle Palm (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis) - These are striking, and only grow 8' - 15' tall
-Spindle Palm (Hyophorbe verschaffeltii) - Bottom picture at left.
-Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera)
-Latania Roja (Latania lontaroides) -Top picture at left.
-Dates (Phoenix ______) - This is a large family of palms - some have good salt tolerance (Phoenix canariensis, Phoenix dactylifera), and some less so (Phoenix roebelenii)
-Washingtonian (Washingtonia filifera - fatter one and Washingtonia robusta - slimmer one) - tough, bullet-proof, and handsome.
-Cardboard Palm (Zamia furfuracea) - This is actually a cycad, and can be thought of as more of a shrub - a superb choice for under-planting, or a grove.  Google 'cycads' ... these are what all the large resort Landscape Architects call us for.  The (vast) genus 'cycad' is 300 million years old ... some of the oldest plants known, and some highly endangered - they are closer related to evergreens than they are to palms (which are 60 to 70 million years old).

With this selection, one could fashion a fantastic beach-front landscape.  Add to this Palo Verde trees, Palo Blanco trees along with some sea-friendly cactus and succulents as well as some agave (maybe in the ground as well as, or instead, in beautiful pots) and you will have a stunning setting out by the beach.

For sheltered areas, we've little preoccupation with the gauge of salt tolerant palms.  We have seen situations where palms have flourished with 'little' salt tolerance in well sheltered areas close to the beach.  Blocking the prevailing winds with larger 'sacraficial' washingtonians - ones where the crowns are in the full force of the wind above a wall may be a good idea - every situation is a little different.  All the above palms would, of course, be fine choices.  Here are some further choices that are listed with varying levels of salt tolerance (according to the book Ortho All About Palms) and all would be intelligent choices for your enclosed areas if you are close to the water:

-Bismark Palm (Bismarckia nobilis)  We've seen this palm do well unsheltered and virtually right on the beach.
-Caranday Palm (Copernicia alba) - stunning and rare here in Baja.
-Triangle Palm (Dypsis decaryi) - Fair ST
-Traveler Palm (Ravenala madagascariensis) - Fair ST  We would recommend that it be well protected from the wind; they always have their leaves tattered from the wind, but they can look ragged if placed in the wind's open path.
-Footstool or Toadstool Palm (Livistonia rotundifolia) - Fair ST  The ones we have are a pygmy variety and are beautiful, low palms getting only, perhaps, 4' to 10' high in the extreme.
-Pindo Palm (Butia capita) - Some ST
-Kerpi or Christmas Palm (Adonidia merrillii) - Some ST (We've seen these do very well close to the beach in semi-sheltered areas)
-Queen Palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana) - Slight ST
-Blue Palm (Brahea Armata) - Slight ST
-Fishtail (Caryota urens) - Little ST


We would recommend, for all the palms planted out on the beach, to be larger rather than smaller:  The beach will slow their growing cycle/abilities.

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