Each holiday season, shoppers find themselves confronted with a choice: celebrate with a fresh, real tree, or one that is artificial plastic or aluminum. What most people don’t realize is that the best choice has ALWAYS been the traditional and natural choice – a real Christmas tree.

Real Christmas Trees Benefit the Environment

While they’re growing, real Christmas trees support life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases and emitting fresh oxygen.

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The farms that grow Christmas trees stabilize soil, protect water supplies, and provide refuge for wildlife while creating scenic green belts. Often, Christmas trees are grown on soil that doesn’t support other crops.

Fake Christmas Trees Harm the Environment

Most artificial trees are manufactured in China and contain PVC (polyvinyl chloride). In fact, artificial Christmas trees were recently added to the Center for Health, Environment & Justice’s list of household products containing PVC.

According to the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, the manufacture of PVC creates and disperses dioxins, which include the most toxic man-made chemicals known. Released into air or water, dioxins enter the food chain, where they accumulate in fatty tissues of animals and humans, a potential risk for causing cancer, damaging immune functions and impairing children’s development.

This issue is especially concerning due to China’s weak enforcement of environmental regulations.

Real Christmas Trees are Renewable

Real Christmas trees are grown on farms just like any other crop. To ensure a constant supply, Christmas tree growers plant approximately one to three new seedlings for every tree they harvest.

On the other hand, artificial trees are a petroleum-based product manufactured primarily in Chinese factories. The average family uses an artificial tree for only six to nine years before throwing it away, where it will remain in a landfill for centuries after disposal.

Real Christmas Trees are Recyclable

Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes. Most fake trees (85%) in the U.S. are imported from China. Almost 10 million fake trees were sold worldwide in 2003.

Most artificial Christmas trees are made of metals and plastics. The plastic material, typically PVC, can be a potential source of hazardous lead. The potential for lead poisoning is great enough that fake trees made in China are required by California Prop 65 to have a warning label.

Fake Christmas Trees Are Not Fireproof

Overloaded electrical outlets and faulty wires are the most common causes of holiday fires in residences. These are just as likely to affect artificial trees as real trees.

In 2004, the Farmington Hills Fire Department in metropolitan Detroit conducted a test of how real and artificial trees react in a house fire. The artificial tree, which was advertised as “flame retardant,” did resist the flames for an amount of time, but then was engulfed in flames and projected significant heat and toxic smoke, containing hydrogen chloride gas and dioxin.

Sure, you know palm trees represent tropical bliss; but what do you really know about this gentle plant? Probably not as much as you think.

Here are 5 facts about Xcalak palm trees that you don’t know. Watch the video or read on, whatever you’re into.

1. Palm Trees Aren’t Trees

One of the first palm trees in Xcalak you’ll meet, is the coconut palm. And unless you’re an expert on the Arecaceae plant family, you probably assumed that because it’s called a “palm tree” that it’s a tree.

Not so!

A palm tree is actually a type of grass. Two key differences:

  • a palm tree does not create rings as it grows – it’s yearly growth isn’t marked on the tree
  • a palm tree does not grow bark – it’s basically the same on the inside as the outside

Calling a palm tree “palm grass” is technically correct. But with a trunk, a crown of leaves, and everyone in the English-speaking world calling them “palm trees”, don’t change your vocabulary now.

2. Palm Trees Live Longer Than You

Unless you’re unusually long-lived, a palm tree will probably outlast you. The palm trees in Xcalak live around 100 years or more.

Of course, as you already learned, palm trees don’t have growth rings like regular trees. This makes it tough to determine their age, right? Luckily, scientists can use other methods to estimate a palm tree’s life. One species was estimated to live up to 740 years old!

Although a coconut palm lives longer than you, it takes about as long to mature – palms take around 5 years to grow a trunk and another 15 years to produce coconuts. So a coconut palm tree only starts its real job once it hits its 20’s. Just like a human!

Also like a human, the trees production slows down as it ages and stops about age 70. What does palm tree retirement look like? Well, it’s all the fun stuff (waving in the breeze, providing shade) without the work (growing coconuts).

And coconut palms don’t even have to worry about which tropical location to move to, because they’re already in a great location (especially Xcalak palm trees).

3. There are 2,600 Species of Palm Trees

That’s right, there are more types of palm trees then there are flavors of hot sauce in Mexico.

OK, I can’t actually validate that statement. But with nearly three thousand different species of palms, you’ve got to admit that’s a lot. After all, how many species of human are there?

Oh right. One.

Anyways, back to palm trees. Some have fan-leaves, some have feather-leaves, and some grow fruit. Some grow tall, some stay small; some only grow outdoors, some can grow indoors.

Check out this small list of palm tree species and you’ll see some pretty interesting names. Here’s a sampler:

  • Blond flame thrower palm
  • Fishtail lawyer cane palm
  • Purple crown shaft king palm
  • Zombie palm

In Xcalak, palm trees are mostly coconut palms because the area used to be a coconut plantation. That is, until the Hurricane Janet came along and wiped out the plantations. During your visit, look around and see which other kinds of palm trees you can spot.

4. Palm Trees Grow More than Coconuts

The gentle palm tree provides the world with more than coconuts for serving tropical drinks. Many trees grow edible fruit, while some provide other valuable crops.

Popular tasty treats that grow on palm trees include:

  • coconuts (duh)
  • bananas (of course)
  • dates
  • acai berries

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Yes, the power-health ambassador, the acai berry, grows on a palm tree! Unfortunately, it’s not an easy palm tree to grow so don’t get your hopes up about saving money by growing your own acai berries.

Palm oil is another reason to start a palm tree farm – palm oil is popular throughout the world (even if it isn’t the healthiest).

Now you know palm trees grow more than coconuts, but in Xcalak you’ll see plenty that do. Be sure to enjoy their delicious bounty during your visit.

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Safety Tip: Don’t a nap under a coconut tree – the heavy nuts fall without warning!

5. Palm Trees Can Grow in the Snow

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Surprise! Palm trees don’t just belong on sandy beaches or in tropical jungles. They can handle sub-zero temperatures too.

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But not every kind of palm tree can survive a freeze-thaw cycle. Xcalak’s palm trees are definitely warm-weather plants. Types that can weather cold weather (see what I did there?) best are small palm trees, notably the Windmill palm, Needle palm and the Mazari palm.

When a palm tree is considered ‘cold hardy’, it means that the plant can tolerate the cold, but not forever. When a plant is subjected to cold weather photosynthesis stops and the tree’s leaves start to die off. Without warm daytime temperatures, a palm tree’s stem starts freezing, then the crown, and finally the trunk. A that point, you’ve got a frozen tree statue that will never grow again.

While tough palm trees can withstand the cold, they get tired of it, like you and me. But unlike you and me, they don’t can’t catch a flight to Mexico to thaw out.

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So while you’re in Xcalak enjoying the shade of the many palm trees, take a moment to appreciate these amazing plants – they’re more than a pretty backdrop for your postcard.

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Learn more about Xcalak. Check out 6 Things (you didn’t know) about Xcalak’s Iguanas