Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fishtail palms at SFO

Last night I was at San Francisco International Airport to pick up a family member. My favorite feature in the international arrivals hall is a long row of majestic fishtail palms. They are perfect plants for a major international airport because they suggest faraway exotic destinations.

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I don’t know for sure which species of fishtail palm these are, but they are probably Caryota mitis. This seems to be the species most commonly grown indoors. Can anybody confirm this?

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No matter what they are, they are stunning plants with truly remarkable foliage.

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At SFO, they are planted in containers integrated into the floor. It’s impossible to guess how deep those might be.

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Located on the arrivals level, the fishtail palms reach a good 15 feet into the air. Their tops are almost at the same level as the departures hall upstairs.

If I had a large enough space in our house, like an atrium, I’d get one of these stunners. Judging from where they are planted at SFO, they thrive in indirect light.

2 comments:

  1. Doesn't SFO have another hall where bamboo is planted? I remember seeing photos somewhere... So if you had a room like this, would you chose the palm over bamboo?

    Choose wisely...

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  2. There's nothing like the Fishtail palms isn't it? Such a unique, graceful palm.

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