Licuala grandis (Ruffled Fan Palm), a large shrub or small tree endemic to the Solomon and Vanuatu Islands, is best known for its impressive, undivided circular leaves with a full crown. Growing 5-10 feet tall and wide, this semi-shady tropical and subtropical plant loves regular watering, put on a semi-shade location and tolerates salt in the soil and at seaside locations. This eye-catching palm or palm-like shrub makes an ideal specimen for a pot, as well as a gorgeous addition to any garden.
This majestic plant is best suited to USDA Zone 9-11 and Hardiness Zones 10-11. When young, Licuala grandis prefers a shade location and will tolerate full sun once established. It's a drought tolerant plant and fertilization, 3 times a year should be sufficient.
When growing in a container, in cold regions, bring the pot indoors and limit watering during winter. Feed once or twice a month, finding a balanced fertilizer suitable for palms or citrus. Once spring arrives, Licuala grandis can move to a sheltered, sunny location and enjoy regular, thorough watering once every week.
A beautiful plant to cultivate, the Ruffled Fan Palm adds an exotic touch to any garden or balcony with its striking fan-like appearance. Make sure it's planted in a site with semi-shade and protected from strong winds to ensure its longevity. Such an eye-catching specimen requires some patience to grow as its slow-growing habit makes it well worth the wait.