Palma Sola

Since its beginning, there has been much discussion of the role of fruiting plants and trees at the Palma Sola Botanical Park located at 9800 17th Avenue NW, Bradenton, Florida 34209. There was discussion, but little action, the only foregone conclusion being that there should be participation by one or more of the local Rare Fruit Societies. It was never settled whether fruiting plants should be integrated with the rest of the plantings or in an area set aside. No organization came forward to lead the effort to develop and permanently maintain a Fruit Tree Exhibit. This stagnation continued until a recent fortuitous pair of events let things move forward.

First, Palma Sola, always pressed for funding, managed to find a few dollars for clearing an area at the Park boundary that had long grown up in weeds. Long-time Palma Sola Board member and Manatee Rare Fruit Council member Julie McClure informed MRFC that this area might be available for a fruit tree display.
Second, in recent years the MRFC annual tree sale had seen sharp increases in profits, sparking debate about how these surplus funds should be utilized to further MRFC's mission. 
Manatee Rare Fruit Council decided to pursue the goal of developing and permanently maintaining an exhibit of fruiting plants and trees at Palma Sola that will become the premier display of such trees in Southwest Florida. The location near the waters of Tampa Bay is rarely subject to freezing temperatures, an environmental advantage not available further inland in the county. Palm trees growing in the planned area were mostly diseased, and most were removed, allowing full sun exposure to the area. Manatee County, which does not supply any direct funding to Palma Sola, agreed to install underground irrigation and supply treated wastewater for irrigation. 
The remaining necessary ingredient for a successful planting, the soil, required much site preparation. First, the area was somewhat poorly drained. Fill was moved in and graded so that the site was near level, with gentle drainage toward the adjacent pond and ditches. This done, the irrigation lines were installed. Attention was then turned to enhancing the soil, which was the poor sand typical of the area. More than a hundred truckloads of wood chips were brought in and spread by MRFC volunteers, to provide a weed barrier, organic content, and moisture holding capability. A shell walkway curving through the area was installed with help and funding from Bradenton Kiwanis Club.
Now, finally, the time for actual planting was here. A general planting plan was formulated. Trees, some donated and some purchased by MRFC, were obtained and planted. Permanent markers, giving botanical and common names, and name of donor, were installed near each tree. A planting of passion fruits covers the chain-link fence on the boundary.
Today, planting continues, and the enhancement and maintenance of the Exhibit area will remain MRFC's commitment and obligation for the future. We gratefully acknowledge the contributions, guidance and assistance provided by other Rare Fruit Council chapters, nurseries and individuals.






 Palma Sola Tropical Fruit Tree Park Tour

Common NameCultivar/VarietyBotanical Name
Abiu
Pouteria caimito
African Breadnut
Treculia africana
AtemoyaLisa/48-26Annona squamosa × Annona cherimola
AtemoyaGefnerAnnona squamosa × Annona cherimola
Australian Brown Pine
Podocarpus elatus
AvocadoChoquettePersea americana
AvocadoDon GilloglyPersea americana
AvocadoFlorida HaasPersea americana
Barbados Cherry/Acerola
Malpighia emarginata
Black Sapote/Chocolate Pudding FruitMaherDiospyros digyna 
CanistelTrompoPouteria campechiana
CherimoyaDreamAnnona cherimola
Dragon Fruit(no sign)Hylocereus undatus
FigConadriaFicus carica
Grumichama
Eugenia brasiliensis
GuavaIndonesian SeedlessPsidium guajava
Imbu
Spondias tuberosa
JaboticabaSabaraMyrciaria jaboticaba
JackfruitNS1Artocarpus heterophyllus
KumquatMeiwaFortunella sp. Swingle
Lemon Grass
Cymbopogon citratus
LemonSambo (Sweet)SanbokanCitrus sulcata
LimeKey LimeCitrus aurantifolia
Lime Rangpur LimeCitrus × jambhiri
LonganBig JimDimocarpus longan
LoquatBradentonEriobotrya japonica
LycheeEmperorLitchi chinensis
LycheeHak IpLitchi chinensis
LycheeKwai Mai Yellow RedLitchi chinensis
LycheeSweetheartLitchi chinensis
Macadamia Nut
Macadamia integrifolia
Malabar Chestnut/Guyana Chestnut
Pachira aquatica
MangoBailey's MarvelMangifera indica 
MangoCogshallMangifera indica
MangoDotMangifera indica 
MangoFalanMangifera indica 
MangoIce CreamMangifera indica 
MangoMallikaMangifera indica 
MangoRosigoldMangifera indica 
Mango PickeringMangifera indica 
Monstera Deliciosa/Split Leaf Philodendron
Monstera deliciosa
Moringa
Moringa olefeira
MulberryDwarf EverbearingMorus nigra
Noni
Morinda citrifolia
OliveArbequinaOlea europaea
Papaya
Carica papaya
Peach Tropic SnowPrunus persica
PersimmonFuyuDiospyros kaki
PineappleSmooth CayenneAnanas comosus
PlumGulf BeautyPrunus domestica
PlumGulf BlazePrunus domestica
PlumGulf RosePrunus domestica
PomegranateDwarf VietnamesePunica granata
PomegranateDwarfPunica granata
PomeloHirado BuntanCitrus maxima
Pond Apple
Annona glabra
SapodillaAlanoManilkara zapota
Star Apple/CaimitoWilson's UltimoChrysophyllum cainito
Star FruitKariAverrhoa carambola
Star FruitFwang TungAverrhoa carambola
Star FruitSri KembangemAverrhoa carambola
Strawberry Tree/Panama Berry
Muntingia calabura
Sugar AppleRedAnnona squamosa
Surinam CherryZill's Big BlackEugenia uniflora
Tamarind
Tamarindus indica
TangerinePonkanCitrus reticulata
White SapoteVernonCasimiroa edulis
Ylang YlangDwarfCanaga fruticosa