Sparling: Remove tall palm trees in Sun City

Posted 7/29/20

It might be a good time to consider removing the extremely tall palm trees in Sun City.

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Sparling: Remove tall palm trees in Sun City

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It might be a good time to consider removing the extremely tall palm trees in Sun City.

Several older planned developments in Florida and California have removed them in recent years citing many valid reasons to do so. The tall palms yield very little in shade protection, they consume lots of ground water, they produce large quantities of pollen and debris prior to trimming, the falling fronds from the palms are a hazard during high wind events, and as they get taller and taller they are more difficult and costly to trim each and every year.

One the other reasons older resort and senior communities from the ‘50s and ‘60s in Florida and California have removed them in recent years is that they had become a highly visual “passe image” of these communities, and the removing of them helped these communities as they worked in various ways to reinvent their image as vibrant and contemporary communities. 

Roy Sparling

Sun City

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