Tropical Gardening: Hawaii Island famous for its palms

  • Courtesy of VOLTAIRE MOISE This spectacular Madagascar fan palm, Bismarkia nobilis, growing in Kona Palisades at about 1,200-foot elevation can be grown from sea level to at least 3,000 feet. It is drought-tolerant and disease-resistant. Other specimens can be seen in the new Kona industrial park. Rick Robinson has many mature specimens seeding at his South Kona farm as well, and can be contacted for those who want to grow them.

When we think about the tropics, the first trees that come to mind are coconut palms gracing white coral sand beaches. Truly, these palms have been carried by humans throughout the tropical world throughout thousands of years.