Sunday, March 09, 2008

Resisting the Norwegian winter

Spring is around the corner, and the first trees and flowers have started to bloom in Oslo Botanical Garden. For one inhabitant in the Garden, I bet higher temperatures and longer days will be most welcome.

Most of us think of palms as delicate plants that may not resist sub zero temperatures. This is partly true, as there are palm trees that may survive under harsh conditions. In fact on the Island of Sør-Hidle north of Stavanger, 11 palm varieties have grown outside for as long as 10 years.

This has been a very mild winter in Oslo, and this palm tree From the Himalayas may be the first one to survive a winter in Oslo. It may survive temperatures as low as -17C (4F), and it has not been close to that temperature this winter.

If you want to see this plant, it is close to the palm house.

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