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Santa Monica’s Palisades Park to Get Fungus-Resistant Palms
By Niki Cervantes
October 16, 2017 -- The City Council last week moved forward with a plan to replace more than 50 diseased palm trees removed from Santa Monica’s historic Palisades Park.
The work to replace the Canary Island date palms in the park’s iconic “colonnade” along Ocean Avenue will begin next spring, City officials said.
California-based B & B Nurseries, Inc., plant the replacement trees under a contract not to exceed $243,427, including a 10 percent contingency, approved by the Council Tuesday.
Palisades Park dates back to 1892. It spans 26 acres and includes more than 1,200 trees, nearly half of which are palms.
One of the park’s iconic features is the palm-tree colonnade, which includes about 370 Mexican fan palms and 226 Canary Island palms.
Considered the largest commonly grown ornamental palm in the world, the Canary Island date palm is often used to line boulevards.
It is characterized by a thick trunk and dense majestic crown whose fronds can stretch some 15 feet in length.
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