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Description

A tall and attractive species from tropical Queensland which, despite its origins, performs very well in northern New Zealand.  In many ways a better looking palm than the more common Bangalow Palm.

 

Origin

Northeast coast of Queensland.  Generally in rainforest from sea-level to c.600m.

 

Form and size

Solitary, tall to c.20m.  Similar looking to A. cunninghamiana (Bangalow palm) but leaves are silver underneath and a more tropical appearance.

 

Preferred habitat

Outdoors with some protection from wind.  Looks best if grown in groups and in sheltered gullies.  Water well in summer.  Grows well in almost frost-free areas in northern New Zealand.

Growth rate

  Fast

Outdoors

  Yes

Indoors

  Yes (well-lit position)

Wind

  Some tolerance

Sea winds

  Low tolerance

Sun

  Good tolerance

Dryness

  Some tolerance

Frost

  Light frost only

Archontophoenix alexandrae

King Palm

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