Wallichia disticha, Wallichia

Wallichia disticha

Family: Arecaceae / Palmae
Origin: Himalaya
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterOrnamental foliagePalm or palm-like plant

Wallichia disticha, a palm native to the Himalaya, is an unusual looking plant that grows up to 20 ft tall. Its long, coarse leaflets are dark green on top and greyish white underneath, creating an ornamental and unique foliage. It is hardy to USDA Zone 9-11 and does best in a tropical climate. However, it can be grown in sheltered sub-tropical regions and in pots in cooler regions.

Outdoor locations should be chosen that receive full sun, but can be grown slightly out of direct sunlight. Wallichia disticha requires moderate watering with occasional fertilization to encourage healthy growth and to produce yellow blooms. Weak or damaged branches should be removed and if temperatures drop below 30F in the winter, extra protection should be provided.

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