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Alexandra Palm
Scientific Name: Archontophoenix alexandrae H. Wendl. & Drude
Family: Arecaceae
Alexandra Palm (Archontophoenix  alexandrae) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 21-25
USDA: 9-11

Frost Tolerance: Tender when young, semi tender when mature to 28 F (-2C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Eastern Australia (Central to northern Queensland), in coastal rainforests

Growth Habits: Palm tree relatively fast growing to 50 to 80 feet tall (15-24 m), 10 to 15 feet in diameter (3-4.5 m); crownshaft generally green but occasionally brownish; light gray trunk, enlarged at the base, about 1 foot in diameter (30 cm); bright green pinnate leaves, up to 7 feet long (2 m), with lighter stalk

Watering Needs: Regular to moderate water, tolerates wet areas

Propagation: Seeds

Cultural Practices:
The king palm grows rapidly if provided with water and fertilizer, 1 to 3 feet a year (30 to 90 cm) is not unusual.

Blooming Habits:
Handsome amethyst to mauve flowers on creamy stalks from below the crownshaft

Fruiting Habits:
Large number of small red fruits, 0.6 inch long (1.5 cm), 0.5 inch in diameter (12 mm).

The seeds germinate rapidly, and the young palm trees can be grown indoor.

Identifying Palms

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