Washingtonias (Robusta or Filifera)
Larger in trunk and with bigger leaves than the other species but with a far quicker growth rate this one grows very quickly.
A small palm tree with an original blue grey colour, and a trunk the shape of a Perrier bottle which grows at a slow rate.
Or Dwarf palm, is the only native palm tree to the Mediterranean. It grows in a bush like manner, producing several trunks which are known as heads. Its stalks are full of small teeth spines which are often used in decoration.
Chamaerops Excelsa (Chinese Palm)
Very similar to the Humilis in colour and the shape of its leaves. It has a very slim trunk and grows up to 8 metres in height. Unlike the Humilis, it has stalks and leaves which are quite smooth to touch and has no spines. It can resist frosts of -10C.
Very similar to the Canariensis but with a thinner trunk and shorter palms. It reaches heights of between 10 and 20 metres. Its dates are widely appreciated in The Middle East and Northen Africa for their nutritional value.
This Palm tree can be observed in great numbers on the Riviera and arrived in France from the Canary Islands. It has a massive trunk and its leaves are supple and very long (approx 5 metres). It has grape like yellow flowers and is largely cultivated attaining heights of over 10 metres.
Similar to the Canariensis, its trunk and leaves grow to an impressive size although it is rarely seen in our gardens.
Or false dwarf palm, has a large trunk and fleshy palm leaves. It grows extremely slowly and bears a huge flower which can measure up to 2 metres in height. This flower can be admired at the top of the trunk, between its leaves.
The Butia Capitata (or Cocos Australis)
Is a very handsome palm tree which grows at a very slow rate. It has palm leaves grow in a semi circular arch shape towards the trunk. It is an unusual blue grey colour which add to its charm and it bears an orange/yellow coloured fruit which tastes of a mixture of kiwi and pineapple. This fruit can be used to make jam or eaten on its own and is sometimes used to make wine.
The Maple Plane (Platanus acerifolia)
The deciduous leaves of this tree can grow to be anywhere between 25cm and 28cm wide. The male and female glands (in the form of ping-pong sized balls) are located at the end of its branches. The Maple is a tree which has a strong resistance to pollution. When left un-pruned it takes on a very impresive air. Unfortunately, it is particularily prone to fungus attacks On visiting ‘Place des Lices’ in St Tropez, its possible to see them protected by metal hoops for prevention, to stop the trunks from splitting.