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A small, shrubby, understorey palm with densely clustering, thin, canelike stems and small leaves that are dark green above and silvery white below. The leaflets are roughly fishtail shaped and have jaggedly toothed margins.
Arenga engleri, also known as Formosa Palm, is a small, attractive palm native to Taiwan. It can reach heights of 10 to 20 feet. Its leaflets are irregular and tropical-looking.
This palm is a hardy type of palm that prefers full sun or semi-shade growing conditions. It requires moderate watering to maintain its health and prefers well drained soil.
Arenga engleri is hardy in USDA Zones 8-11, although it can tolerate some cold weather. It is able to withstand temperatures as low as mid-20F, making it a suitable choice for growing in cold regions.
When growing Arenga engleri in a pot, plant the palm in well draining soil and water regularly. It is also important to check the soil moisture to ensure the palm is being well watered. In the winter months, water less often, as the palm requires less moisture when dormant.
Arenga engleri is an attractive and unique palm that makes a great addition to any garden. Its fragrant blossoms and tropical-looking foliage bring a tropical feel to the garden, even in the colder months. With the right location and care, Arenga engleri will thrive and make a beautiful statement in any landscape.
An interesting and strong-growing palm coastal districts, it performs well as a house- or conservatory plant. It tolerates low light, and growing rather fast to produce a good-sized plant in a number of years. Related species - Arenga australasica.
Commonly seen in Southeast Asia, where a crude kind of sugar is made from the sap. Fast and strong growing, the new leaves are strongly wedge-shaped, leathery and attractive. Requires a rich soil, plenty of water, and feed during periods of growth.
A very large solitary palm with big leaves in which all the leaflets are arranged in one plane. Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings.
Bactris gasipaes or Pixbae, or Peach Palm Fruit, is a tropical fruit native to the tropical forests of South and Central America. It grows in zones 11-12 and requires full sun to semi-shade, moderate water when irrigation possible and regular watering when natural rainfall isn't sufficient. In cold regions, the potted plant should be brought indoors over winter. When grown in pots, it should be placed in a sunny, airy area and watered frequently to keep the soil wet.
This palm is a multiple-stemmed palm with very spiny stems that can grow up to 50 ft in height. Some varieties are spineless. It is widely cultivated in the New World tropics for its edible fruit and palm hearts. Archaeological evidence suggests that people have utilized it for many thousands of years.
The Peach Palm produces an abundance of small, sweet, yellow fruit all year round that are delicious when eaten as a beverage or in salads. It can produce up to 20 lb or more of fruit on a single tree. In addition to its culinary uses, the Pixbae has many ethnomedical benefits, such as being rich in carotenoids that act as natural anti-oxidants, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Its juice is used to treat digestive and intestinal issues, bronchitis and to reduce fever.
Fruit is also eaten with honey, used to make compotes and jellies, or also used to make flour and edible oil. The Pixbae also has a high nutritional value since it's rich in fiber, contains Vitamin A, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin , Ascorbic acid, calcium and other nutrients. Experts have confirmed that as food, it is the tropical fruit that is the most balanced and the most nourishing, as it contains more protein than the avocado, has twice the protein value of the banana and its nutritional value is comparable to the hen's egg but without the cholesterol.
Drought and salt resistant. Avoid damaging lower trunk and roots. The two forms of this palm, blue/silver and green, differ in color and purportedly also in environmental preference/tolerance. The green form seems to do better along the coastal areas of southern California (cooler climate) and the blue form takes the inland heat better. Very few of the green form are planted in south Florida, perhaps because of their inability to withstand heat, or perhaps because the blue form is so much more stunning.
A very large palmate palm, with a hard, black trunk, and a skirt of dead leaves underneath the crown. The leaves are very large, up to 10 ft. across, and bluey green in color. It has large black fruit. Culture: Hot, sunny, well drained position. Drought tolerant, cold sensitive.
Borassus flabellifer var. madagascariensis - is endemic to Madagascar.
The famous hardy blue palm. Stiff, fan shaped leaves of a stunning pale blue color. Conservatory, or sunny spot in the garden. Rather slow growing, this palm can take quite heavy frosts when mature. However, we recommend that it be given some protection when young. Well drained soil, plenty of water in summer, rather drier in winter, when it can stand -14F or so when larger. It is much happier, and faster growing when planted in the ground. To around 10 feet. Brahea armata likes quite alkaline conditions and may grow faster if lime is added to the soil.