How old might it be?

B3B3 Posts: 11,420

This one is pretty big but there's  an even bigger one up the road 
It's  as high as a three storey  building  and the trunk is 3-4 foot  in diameter 
How old might it be?
I might fancy one but not that big!
And what's  it called?
Thanks

In London. Keen but lazy.

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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 2,394
    Looks much too  large for that smallish front garden!
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 19,412
    No redeeming features for me.   Dull green fronds and very tatty stem as each year's old stems are removed.  Horrid - and definitely wrong plant wrong place in that situation.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • B3B3 Posts: 11,420
    But out of curiosity, how long would it have been there?  Not the one in the pic - the 3 storey one I  mentioned 
    Theres a huge monkey puzzle  tree in another garden in that road    foresight  not evident evidently 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 19,412
    Try counting the layers of old cut stems.  One for each year if it's been well maintained.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • B3B3 Posts: 11,420
    Next time I'm  passing, I'll  have a look. I was thinking that if they were really old, the young ones might look ok and by the time they were old enough to like the ones in the pic, it would no longer be my problem 😉
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 3,346
    Looks like Phoenix Canariensis, Canary Date Palm. In conditions here, I would say for that size, maybe around 10 years old.

    It's quite common to see huge specimens in front gardens. Especially trees. Many are inherited and new home owners often feel no need to remove mature trees. I think, properly managed, not an issue. There are so many interesting trees in front gardens. 
  • B3B3 Posts: 11,420
    I've  been walking past the real biggie  for more  than ten years.
    It looks like it definitely  grows too fast for me. Looking at the ages of the houses, I  wondered  if they might have been old and slow growing.
    Neither of them are right  for their space.  And not right for me  either. 
    Thanks everybody 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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