TORQUAY'S controversial £7,000 palm tree has been wrapped up to protect it from the ravages of winter.
The tree was covered up overnight to protect it from the elements.
Questions had been raised as to why the tree, normally used to sunnier skies of Spain, was planted in October.
A Torbay Council spokesman said: "The palm tree has to acclimatise in its first winter season and so will be wrapped when night time temperatures fall to protect it from frost.
"We will monitor temperatures through our winter maintenance programme and it will be unwrapped when temperatures start to pick up in spring."