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Royal palm trees line both sides of McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers for miles. Nearly all of the trees survived Hurricane Ian. Saul Martinez for NPR hide caption

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Palm trees in Florida weathered Hurricane Ian's wrath just fine

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Palm trees stand along Ocean Drive in 2017 in Miami Beach, Fla., where palms make up nearly 60% of the urban tree canopy. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Florida cities ask: Are there too many palms?

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Dead Canary Islands date palms, killed by red palm weevils, line a road in La Mersa, Tunis, Tunisia. Courtesy of Mark Hoddle/Department of Entomology, University of California Riverside hide caption

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