Palm ya later

Palm trees located in the Arizona Center

In a small getaway, just off the downtown Phoenix Arizona State University campus is a delightful grotto located in the middle of the Arizona Center. Within the fast — paced city culture resides a nice spot to relax, whether just taking a breather or sitting down to accomplish some homework in a quiet calming atmosphere.

The landscape of palm trees, wrapped in white Christmas lights during the evening, create a beautiful ambiance for locals and out of town visitors.

The grotto is three acres of lush space, filled with gardens, fountains and water features lined by a palm court.

Now onto palm trees, the center of our story.

Throughout Arizona there are plenty, upon plenty, of palm trees scattered along the valley, however, majority are not native to Arizona.

Archeological research has shown that date palms were a part of the Mesopotamian society. Used mainly for food, shelter and other purposes. Romans, as well, used palm branches as a symbol of triumph to the triumphant champions of wars and games.

With over 2,500 different species of palms, including Mexican fan palms, Queen palms, Date palms and Royal palms — none of which are indigenous, an Arizonan would think that at least one of these regal trees would be native.

California palms, tucked away in the rugged canyons on the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, appear to be the only species of palm native to Arizona.

The palm branch can be symbolized as victory, triumph, peace and eternal life. Palms resonate with the citizens in Arizona, native or not, because they are viewed as a symbol of relief from the desert and the ability to survive, regardless of the hot, dry climate.

Additionally, they just look majestic and make for some remarkable photos with the striking sunsets that Arizonan’s are blessed with on the daily.