Why aren’t there coconuts in the palm trees?

Wednesday, May 10, 2006, 12:52 —by Joe Crawford
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Vyuz San Diego: Death by coconut unlikely in palm-filled San Diego

One of southern California’s most symbolic landscaping devices is the palm tree. San Diego is of course a desert region, yet the rocky soil is inviting to palm trees. Surprisingly though, most palm trees, like illegal immigrants, are not native to this area, except for the California Fan Palm, known for its fan-shaped leaves and large black berries.Other popular palms like the Queen and King variety were transplanted here heavily during the 1920s and ‘30s. Coconut palms, which are synonymous with tropical regions and Gilligan’s Island episodes, were never part of the landscape.

Coconut palms are believed to have originated from Southeast Asia, and while the climate in San Diego is unsuitable for producing fruit, they have taken a foothold in Florida. According to legend, the coconut became naturalized to Florida when a ship, carrying crates of the fruit, sank off the coast of what is now known as Palm Beach. The coconuts drifted until they found land and took hold.

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5 Responses to “Why aren’t there coconuts in the palm trees?”

  1. max said on Thursday, May 11, 2006, 12:31

    what’s the point of the comparison “like illegal immigrants” ?

  2. Joe Crawford said on Thursday, May 11, 2006, 14:51

    Vyuz, being a newsmagazine with a cheeky bent, was probably trying to be funny.

  3. JeSais said on Friday, May 12, 2006, 10:44

    Hmm. That comment seems a bit beyond “cheeky,” perhaps even offensive. I’ve gotta agree with max on this one…. what’s the point?

  4. Kleber said on Saturday, May 13, 2006, 19:33

    I’m offended. I’ve been illegal in San Diego for four years. I don’t appreciate Vyuz making light of my situation.

  5. skirk said on Monday, May 15, 2006, 8:07

    C’mon. You’re looking for negative here. Joe’s point is that the palms aren’t indigenous to the area.

    In fact, if you’re going to read anything into it…Joe’s article suggests that a variety of palms have flourished in our region and become a part of San Diego’s beauty.

    It would be a waste of good energy to try and create a prejudicial arguement over palm trees.

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