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WORLD'S MOST COLD HARDY PALM OFFERED BY FLORIDA FIRM

 PERRY, Fla., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Needle Palm is so cold hardy that it has survived -10 degrees and colder, according to Chuck Huxford of the Creative Native, an American native plant wholesaler, collector, and grower.
 "We know of Needle Palms (Rhapidophyllum hystrix) doing well planted in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Indiana, and quite a few other northern and western states," says Huxford, whose palms range in age from five to 100-plus years old, and in price from about $75 to more than $1,000 (plus shipping and handling). These can be ordered by calling 800-NATIVE-1.
 The Needle Palm's native range includes Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida, as well as South Carolina -- where it was thought extinct from the early 1900s until 1990, when a small colony was discovered and preserved.
 Huxford, along with his company Creative Native, has rescued many of these protected species, which stand to be destroyed by habitat destruction.
 "I have been collecting and growing the Needle Palm for several year, primarily to insure its survival," Huxford explains. "Millions of palms are grown in the sunbelt states each year for people in these areas. We want to introduce palms to the other two-thirds of the U.S. population that could enjoy the Needle Palm (zones 6-10) but don't know about them."
 In his New York Times article about the Needle Palm, Russ White states that "In northerly latitudes the plant proclaims its identity with a form that is bold and unmistakable."
 Needle Palms are true dwarfs, and very slow growing, making them ideal for a finished landscape or snowscape. With its vivid, lustrous green fronds, this palm will give a tropical look to your swimming pool, hot tub, water garden, or any indoor/outdoor room.
 The Needle Palm also makes a beautiful, exotic looking shrub. It is the ideal indoor container plant, because it is slow growing, shade tolerant, and doesn't require frequent repotting.
 The Needle Palm is extremely simple to maintain. It is salt tolerant, and requires little water or pesticides. "We've spent little time caring for our Needle Palms," said D.A. and Opal Reynolds of Lexington, Ky. They added, "The palms look better than they did when we planted them three years ago. They've been a real conversation piece."
 To order the Needle Palm or other cold hardy palms, call 800-NATIVE-1 (800-628-4831), fax 904-498-1913, or write P.O. Box 713, Perry, FL 32347. Hurry -- supplies are limited.
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 /NOTE TO EDITOR: Photos, slides, and interviews available./
 /CONTACT: Chuck Huxford of Creative Native, 904-498-2359 or 800-628-4831/


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