Growing up in California I probably take palm trees for granted but they are truly a beautiful sight. The entrance to Stanford University is a long, palm lined drive. I can only imagine what students must feel when they arrive there for the first time. It is truly a royal welcome. I have never "owned" a palm tree before but they seem like a lot of work. The fronds die as the tree grows and to keep them looking good the dead fronds must be cut off. As the tree grows taller and taller that becomes quite a feat. Luckily I can enjoy them without all the work.