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Dec 6 So you might be wondering, what do Tetrapanax plants look like in the winter in Portland? Here is a mini-forest at the Kennedy School. I believe the old growth monsters were cut completely back and only the new babies remain.
In my experience they usually manage to retain at least their newest leaf all winter and it finally develops fully when the temperatures warm in the spring.
Here are my plants in the front garden.
These guys are growing in what has to be my most exposed site, near the street (which acts as a wind tunnel at times) and away from any buildings that could act as a protecting buffer. I love the tiny fuzzy new leaves.
Here is another plant in the back garden, as you can this one is in a protected area with the bamboo growing all around it and near a fence.
Even so I use the leaves as protective mulch around the base, this is one of those gestures that makes me feel better but probably does little for the plant. Although I have heard of these dying off in the winter I don’t know if it’s at the roots where the damage occurs or in the trunk. I'm still hoping that 2011 is the year I start to see the Tetrapanax forest that I've been warned against!