Coconut Palm, Cocos nucifera
Cocoanut palms have huge fronds, and can provide instant shade. Beware, you run the risk of losing the palm to a cold spell if you plant them in Sarasota/Bradenton. We lost a lot of them in 2010. Also be aware of dropping cocoanuts when deciding on a planting site.
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If you do choose to plant coconut palms in the Sarasota region, it is a good idea if you live close to the water. Large water bodies act as a buffer to temperature fluctuations.
Certified Arborist #1249A