HEARTS OF PALM: EAT YOUR HEART OUT.

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by Maria Muhlhahn, ArtisTree Operations Manager, Landscape Division Hearts of palm, also locally known as swamp cabbage, is a vegetable harvested from the core and growing bud of a young palm (less than a year old). Peach palm is the most notable palm used agriculturally to harvest the heart of palm you might enjoy in your salad. Palm hearts are regarded as a delicacy as harvesting is labor intensive. Florida’s wild Sabal palmetto was once a source of hearts of palm but is now protected by Continue Reading

NO, GUMBO LIMBO IS NOT A SOUP.

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by Maria Muhlhahn, ArtisTree Operations Manager, Landscape Division Here is the lovely gumbo limbo: a semi-evergreen that tolerates droughts, pests and hurricanes but with wood soft enough to make carousel horses out of it (which they used to do until the plastic-mold kind came along). It’s called the tourist tree because the peeling red bark resembles a tourist’s sunburn (its other nickname is the sunburn tree). It’s easy to grow and maintain, with a 25 to 40-ft. height and spread. Likes the Continue Reading

BEWITCHING SILK FLOSS TREES AREN’T AS SCARY AS YOU MIGHT THINK.

By Maria Muhlhahn, ArtisTree Purchasing Manager & ISA Certified Arborist Q: I’ve seen a strange-looking tree on my drives around town -- thorns seem to be growing out of the trunks. Could you tell me more about this tree? I’m new to Southwest Florida and this looks like something I might like to put in my large backyard if it’s not too dangerous! A: You’re referring to the silk floss tree, and it’s only dangerous if you hug the trunk. Considered one of the most beautiful trees in the Continue Reading

EULOGY FOR A PINEAPPLE PALM

by Steve Tanaka, ISA Certified Arborist, No. FL-5306A, Tree Division Manager The homeowner was more mad at himself than anything else, having let Palmetto Weevils kill his prized pineapple palm. His words came out like an unintended eulogy: “It was such a nice-looking palm. I remember planting it myself and watching it grow into this beautiful specimen. It was the kind of tree that stood by you, you know what I mean?” What the man failed to do was notice the early signs of full-blown Palmetto Continue Reading