Rhopalostylis sapida
Nikau palm, Shaving Brush Palm, Feather Duster Palm

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 Rhopalostylis sapida





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

Cold Hardiness: 

26-28s, 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 lightis best.  But, within a few miles of the coast, full sun is ok.  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.

Other Notes:

Compare to R. bauerii.

Further Data:


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