Palm ID Please

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  1. mikedbom

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    Hello everyone. I just bought a house with a variety of small palms and have been trying to figure out what the pruning requirements are for them. The attached images are of one I cannot figure out. Does anyone know what this palm is? And if so, is there a pruning method to help make it not look so monstrous? Much appreciated.
     

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  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    A Washingtonia palm.

    In general, palms can't be pruned, except for trimming off the old dead leaves at the bottom of the trunk.
     
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    Does it look healthy and normal?
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yes, a very healthy, fast-growing young specimen.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    It will grow much taller, to eventually consist of a long bare stem with a tuft of leaves on top. Southern California has thousands of examples of such dispersed about the inhabited landscape.
     
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    Indeed. I suppose this could seem to appear strange to some because of the browning, but thinking on it and considering how the trunk forms, this would be a normal appearance!
     

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