Pelagodoxa henryana, Henry Palm

Pelagodoxa henryana

Henry Palm
Family: Arecaceae / Palmae
Origin: Marquesas Islands
Big tree taller than 20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterPalm or palm-like plant

Pelagodoxa henryana is a unique palm species that can grow to over 20 ft tall and is commonly referred to as the Henry Palm. It has fan shaped fronds that can be up to 3 ft long and 4 ft wide, with bluish-green leaves on top and whitish-green underside. The flowers are inconspicuous, but the unique bumpy round fruits are a distinctive feature of this plant. This palm thrives in full sun or semi-shade, with moderate water in well-drained rich soil with plenty of fertilizer. It can tolerate periods of drought, but it requires regular water for best growth. It is suitable for growing in USDA Zones 9 to 11.

Pelagodoxa henryana is mainly a landscape plant, and it is easy to care for in a pot in cold regions. Ensure that the pot is placed in a warm and sunny environment, and water regularly. As a tropical plant, it prefers warm, humid conditions. Use a fertilizer that is high in potassium and nitrogen to promote healthy foliage. During the winter months, reduce watering and consider using a heat lamp for extra warmth if needed. Protect the palm from extreme cold and strong winds, as the leaves can be torn in exposed locations. Shield it from heavy rains and hail. If the winter temperatures drop too low, the palm can be placed in a sheltered area or put indoors in a bright, warm room.

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