Areca novohibernica (Kugumaru Palm) is a small palm native to the Solomon Islands. It grows to be 10-20 ft tall and prefers shade or semi-shade areas where it can receive regular water and care. The crown of this palm is made of broad, finely tipped leaflets. It has a slim trunk with robust aerial roots that develop as stilts at the base.
Areca novohibernica is able to tolerate a wide range of climates, ranging from USDA Zones 9-11. This species of palm has a very elegant habit and is typically planted isolated or in groups underneath bigger trees. This is due to its small size. For the best growth, it should be planted in a soil that is rich in organic materials, draining, and kept constantly moist.
For those who live in colder regions and would like to grow Areca novohibernica in a pot, there are a few steps that should be taken to ensure proper care. The pot should be placed in a sheltered area, such as close to a wall or in a greenhouse. The soil should be a well-draining potting soil that has been enriched with organic matter. During the winter, the pot should be moved inside to prevent the roots from experiencing frost. The palm should be watered regularly, but the soil should never be left soggy. During the winter months, the pot should be monitored for signs of drying out and watered whenever the soil begins to dry.