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Coccothrinax crinita, commonly known as the old man palm, is an intricately designed tropical palm native to Cuba. The small tree will grow to a height of 10 to 20 feet and develops a trunk that is covered with a thick, fibrous, wooly material, even on small specimens. It is drought tolerant and easily identifiable by its signature look and cream-to-brown color.
The old man palm requires full sun to thrive and does well in moderate water. It can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11 and can tolerate short, light frosts. It is a very slow-growing palm in its earlier years, which display a crown of silver fan-like leaves. As the palm reaches maturity, it will eventually flower and produce multiple items, including white flowers, black fruit, and seeds.
When grown in a pot, you will need to take extra care. In cooler regions, the soil should be able to drain well and you should be sure to move it away from the cold winds. It will also need to be fertilized and fertilizing around mid-spring is optimum. This tropical palm can even withstand brief cold periods, though its growth may slow during winter months.
This fascinating palm tree is sure to add a unique beauty to your landscape with its unique trunk and foliage, and with a little bit of care, you can enjoy its beauty for years to come.
The Coccothrinax miraguama (Miraguama Palm) is a small palm in the understory of tropical and subtropical regions. This palm is native to Cuba and is found on the margins of forests and moist areas. It has a slow-growing trunk, which is covered in matted fibers, giving the tree a unique look. The fronds of the palm are delicate, light green in color, and arranged in an elegant fountain-like pattern.
It prefers a location in full sun or semi-shade and requires moderate levels of water. The Miraguama Palm is a hardy palm and does well in humid, coastal, and salty regions. When planting the Coccothrinax miraguama, it is important to choose a location with full sun or at least partial shade. The soil should also be well draining and high in organic matter. For plants grown in pots, keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. These palms can do well in USDA Zones 9-11. In colder regions, container-grown plants should be brought indoors or wrapped in frost or cold protection if temperatures are expected to drop significantly.
The Miraguama Palm is a beautiful, palm that can bring a tropical feel to any garden. With the right care, the Coccothrinax miraguama can be a stunning addition to any landscape.
Coccothrinax readii, a silver palm. Grows in limestone or sand, sun or semi-shade, and tolerates salt and drought. Cold Tolerance:25F
The Coconut Palm, also known as Cocos nucifera, is native to Jamaica, Malaysia, and Pacific islands and is often used in seaside gardens. It is also a popular houseplant. This palm grows up to 10-20 ft high and thrives in full sun. It is important to water it regularly to keep the soil moist. This plant is flood and salt tolerant and grows best in USDA hardiness zones 10-11.
When it comes to plant care, the Coconut Palm is easy to maintain. It is a fast growing palm that is known for its ability to clean indoor air of smoke and harmful chemicals. Outdoor plants should be given plenty of light and watered regularly, with the soil kept moist and well-drained. If the palm gets too tall or wide, prune it back. For those living in cold regions, growing the plant in a pot can be a good option. Choose a pot that is large enough for the roots to spread and use a soil mix that holds moisture without becoming soggy. During the winter months, bring the pot indoors to protect the plant from frost.
The Coconut Palm is often referred to as the "symbol of the tropics" and is known for bearing coconuts 12 months a year. These coconuts can be used for fresh coconut milk and copra (dried coconut). There are many varieties of this palm such as: the Green Malayan, which has a thin trunk, and the Mayton, which has a thicker trunk and longer leaves and is more hardy.
The Coconut Palm is a highly valuable plant, with every part of the coconut being useful. The white nut-meat can be eaten raw or used in cooking, and copra, the dried meat of the kernels, can be crushed to produce coconut oil. The husks, known as coir, can be used to make thatch roofing material for houses. The plant can also be used to produce charcoal, and the outer part of the trunk can be used as construction lumber. The swollen base of the trunk can even be hollowed out and turned into a hula drum.
This unique palm has a large crown with dense and numerous fan shaped leaves that curve upward, like a smile growing from the petiole (leaf stem). The leaves of Bailey Palm are about 5 ft (1.5 m) across, and have a thin waxy coating. The dark brown fruit is round and about 1 in (2.5 cm) in diameter.
The huge, rounded crown consists of many enormous, oval leafblades that are very evenly divided into about 120 very stiff segments. Seen against the bright sky, these form a mesmerizing pattern.
Copernicia macroglossa, commonly referred to as the Cuban Petticoat Palm, is a small palm measuring 10-20 feet in height. This ornamental palm is native to Cuba. Its foliage is long and fan-shaped with a great deal of old fronds that give off a petticoat-like look. This is where the tree gets its unique name. The Cuban Petticoat Palm thrives best when grown in full sun with regular watering and is grown in USDA Zone 9-11.
This is an easy to care for and undemanding palm. It loves lots of light and water and will thrive when this is provided. It also likes well-drained soil, but is not overly particular. Feed the Cuban Petticoat Palm with a balanced fertilizer every four to six weeks during the growing season. Pruning is not necessary with this type of palm tree.
For those living in colder climates, the Cuban Petticoat Palm can be grown in a container and must be brought indoors in the winter months. When growing in pots, prepare a potting mix using equal parts of soil, peat moss and horticultural perlite. In the winter, keep the plants in a room that has a temperature of 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit and reduce watering to just once per month. Feeding should also cease during the winter months.
Copernicia prunifera is the source of carnauba wax, which is harvested from the coating on the leaves of the tree.