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I have two very large "palm like" trees in my front garden, firstly can anyone tell me what they are called? They resemble coconut trees with long straight leaves and they gave "friut" which was an extension of one of the leaves with small white flowers that turned into berries. you can probably tell I'm not exactly a gardener but I do enjoy my garden. trouble is these are too big for the size of my little houde and I want to know if they can be re-located without killing them
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On Sun, 01 Feb 2004 16:51:05 +0000, mark EVANS wrote:

Suggestion: Take a picture to your nearest garden center for an accurate ID. Do you know how many "palm like" trees there are in the plant kingdom?
A few years ago someone asked me to ID a weed in her yard. I asked what it looked like, to which she replied "green". Good start, said I.
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Do you know how many palm-like trees grow and flower in the UK, where he's posting from ? :-)

I was unable to attend the wedding of dear friends, so my husband went alone. When I asked him to describe what the bride was wearing, he thought for some time then replied "A white dress".
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If you're in the UK as your address suggests, these are cordylines, also known as cabbage palm (though they aren't really palms).
The roots are huge and widespread, I wouldn't even try to dig them up let alone relocate them. But if you'd like to keep them, just cut the trunks down; they will slowly re-grow from the base into a more modest sized plant. You won't get flowers again for several years, though.
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If you can take a digital photo of them and e-mail it to me at fawnridge at bellsouth dot net I'll see if I can ID them for you. From the description they could be several thousand possible plants. I assume from your e-mail address that you are in the UK. If you are going to try and re-locate them wait until the weather is warm and rainy, rather than cold and damp. Dig them up with as much of a root ball as possible and have their new holes already dug and ready to go. Water them in from underneath to get out all the air bubbles and fill the hole with a good, organic mix that will drain well. Water them daily from the top (not just the roots) for 30 days. You might want to sacrifice a white chicken to insure success but there's no guarantee that they will survive.
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