Tropicals in Toronto

It was a delightful surprise to see these planted outside a low rise apartment building in   Toronto where nights are about to get very chilly!  I love how the arching branches of this palm and the rounded bracts of the two Bromeliades contrast with the sharp lines and corners of the brick wall.

Tropicals in Toronto



  1. I do not recognize that palm. Those plants must get taken in before winter. You know, on a trip to Washington last June, I noticed the common windmill palm growing just off the east side of northbound Highway 5, just south of the bridge over the Willamette River in Portland. There were a few of them. Yet, no one believes me that palm can grow in Portland. My sister #5 has one in her front yard near Seattle, and I think they grow at the airport there. I have even seen them near Oklahoma City . . . and yes, there is a native palmetto in the southeast corner of Oklahoma.


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