Why Do So Many Resorts Have Palm Trees?
By Kathy Conner Cornell VCE Southside Master Gardener My husband and I recently took a Caribbean cruise – yes exactly at the time the CDC said don’t. It was just good to be someplace warm. I knew all the islands except Grenada were in the red so I remained on the ship during the entire cruise. I could see plenty of the islands to remind me about the misuse of coconut palm trees. During a trip to the Dominican Republic, my husband told me took outside and watch a fellow pruning a coconut palm. This tree must have been 80 feet high. We heard about the dangers of coconut palms when we were in Hawaii. As we were traveling through Maui, our guide mentioned that coconuts failing and hitting people on the head was the number one cause of death in Hawaii. The plant is not native there and there is no longer a market for the coconuts so the state is trying to eliminate the coconut palm. This got me to thinking, exactly where are coconut palms native.