As the name suggests, Royal Palm's are sort of the "king" of the palms in the Caribbean. Mr. Big was horrified recently to find that a friend's condo complex was going to simply cut down two large Royal Palms. As in 30ft tall! Apparently, the condo association (minus our friend) was concerned that the trees could come down in a future storm. They survived Hurricane Ivan, so we were perplexed to say the least.
Mr. Big, the humanitarian that he is, contacted a nursery on the island and they took a close look at the trees. They confirmed that they are healthy, but that the palms could be doing even better with proper water and vitamins. The condo association apparently never did anything special with them (which you really don't need to with palms once they are mature).
Our rescue mission has spanned a few weeks now, but we arrived at the land today to find two beautifully transplanted Royal Palms gracing the front of the property. To say that I was excited is a complete understatement. Not only did we save two trees, but it looks nice to have mature trees in a fairly young part of the neighborhood.
We'll need to take extra care of them over the upcoming months. As our tree-donating friend suggested, we're just going to have to get out to the land for some extra special tree hugging!