Prestoea acuminata, aka Prestoea montana

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 prestoea montana

   

Description

   

Locality:

Caribbean Islands and South America

Cold Hardiness: 

30-32s F.

Trunk type:

Small to medium (8-10 inches).  Trunk is green with white rings.  The crown is green with reddish leaf attachments. 

Leaf type:

Pinnate (feather shaped).  The leaves are medium sized (6-8 feet). The leaves are fairly upright and dark green.

Suckering/Solitary:

This palm can be both solitary (single trunked) and suckering (multiple trunks).

Maintenance:

Easy, though it does like some humidity.

Speed of growth:

Moderate

Height:

20-25 feet.

Soil requirements:

Rich, quick draining soil.

Sun Requirements:

Filtered or partial (possibly full sun along the coast).

General Description:

This is a beautiful palm.  It is a consistent grower in Southern California.  Many examples of this palm can be found in gardens.  It somewhat resembles a Rhopalostylis, though it is smaller.  It is important to give this palm good drainage, as they can have problems like root rot.

Other Notes:

The solitary form of this palm is commonly referred to as Prestoea montana, and the multiple trunked form is known as Prestoea acuminata.  Technically they are both acuminatas though.

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