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Rhopalostylis sapida

Common Names:

Nikau palm, Shaving Brush Palm, Feather Duster Palm




New Zealand and some surrounding islands. (note, there are multiple "varieties")

Cold Hardiness:

26-28ºs, F.

Trunk Type:

Solitary, prominent bulging crown shaft, smooth wood trunk.

Leaf Type:

Pinnate, very stiff and "wedgey", "V-shaped" crown, petiole more gray colored than brown (like the R. bauerii). Leaves about 10 feet.





Speed of growth:

Slow as juvenile, somewhat faster in the ground.


About 30 feet

Soil requirements:

Rich, well draining.

Sun requirements:

Inland, filtered light. Along the coast, part day sun or strong filtered light. Some areas full sun. It likes to "grow into the sun". Doesn't like dry conditions.

General Description:

A gorgeous and desirable tropical palm with a bulging crown shaft and a very erect crown of leaves. Beautiful ringed trunk until it finally turns to wood. Every collector really wants this species. Compare to R. bauerii.

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Palm For Sale/Availability for


The following is a listing of palms recently in stock, but availability changes quite quickly.  We apologize if we run out of the size you want. We are always open Monday - Saturday, 9 AM to 4 PM excluding major Holidays or very inclement weather.  For mail orders, please contact us at 619 291 4605.  We do not ship internationally.  Thank you for your interest.
- Phil Bergman, Owner

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Rhopalostylis sapida

40 45 55 85 200 450 500


Rhopalostylis sapida "Akorda"*


Rhopalostylis sapida Great Barrier Island

55 95 200


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