When planted as a large shrub, or small tree, it can reach 5-10ft tall, with a spread of 6ft, or 10-20ft when grown as a single stem. Kerriodoxa elegans prefers full sun to semi-shade in temperate to tropical climates and USDA Zones 9-11.Although it thrives with regular watering, it prefers light soils that are not saturated and is relatively frost tolerant, so moisture retention in cold climates can be achieved by planting it in a pot and bringing indoors during winter months.
A spectacularly attractive, medium sized unarmed fan palm, with large dark green leaves, which are silvery white underneath. This palm has only recently been introduced to cultivation, but is becoming very popular in the tropics and sub-tropics as a garden and container plant. Because it is dioecious (requiring both male and female plants) the seed is often not available from cultivated plants.
Allowing your Kerriodoxa elegans palm to receive plenty of sun, regular and adequate water, along with a balanced fertilizer, will keep your plant healthy and strong. If you're growing your Kerriodoxa elegans outdoors in pots, use a potting mix that drains well. If you're growing it within the ground, make sure it is not soggy at any point. Be sure to keep an eye out for common pests and diseases, and always prune any dead or damaged fronds, removing them from the midline of the crown. Although it is a slow-growing tree, it will reward you with a unique palm appearance with bright, unique foliage. Enjoy nurturing this rarely seen palm and be the envy of your gardening friends. You will have added a valuable, exotic addition to your garden.