Hyophorbe verschaffeltii, Mascarena verschaffeltii, Spindle Palm. H. lagenicaulis x verschaffeltii
H. lagenicaulis x verschaffeltii

Hyophorbe verschaffeltii, Mascarena verschaffeltii

Spindle Palm
Family: Arecaceae / Palmae
Origin: Mascarene island of Rodriguez
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterPalm or palm-like plantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Hyophorbe verschaffeltii, more commonly known as the Spindle Palm, is an evergreen palm species native to the Mascarene island of Rodrigues. It is a small, slow-growing tree, reaching heights between 10-20 feet at maturity. It requires full sun and moderate watering; additionally, when mature, the plant can withstand cold temperatures of at least 30°F for a limited time.

Spindle palm is a salt-tolerant plant, and does very well in seaside environments. It can be grown in USDA zones 10-11. This species is unique because its trunk grows in a spindle-like shape, making it an attractive choice for specimen plants in gardens. It is widely used as an understory palm due to its slow-growing habit, but its ability to reach heights of 20 feet when mature should be noted.

When grown in a pot in cooler climates, the Spindle Palm will benefit from some extra care. During the winter, make sure the plant is in a sheltered position, preferably near walls and away from any strong winds. Applying mulch around its base in autumn can also help with insulating during the winter. Additionally, regular watering during the hotter months and judicious pruning can help to keep the Spindle Palm in good health throughout the year.

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Hyophorbe verschaffeltii, Mascarena verschaffeltii, Spindle Palm
Hyophorbe verschaffeltii, Mascarena verschaffeltii, Spindle Palm

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