Ptychsperma salomonemse  

Ptychosperma salomonense “Solomon Island Palm” Natural Habitat: Naturally found throughout the rainforest on Solomon Island Description: A tall solitary palm that can reach heights over 30 feet tall. The salomonense has a slender gray trunk with visible dark gray leaf scares. The crownshaft is long and thin. It is also highly variable in color, and can range from different shades of orange, purple, brown, and yellow . The slender crown gives way to 7-10 long arching branches. The leaflets are light green and rather large for its family. They are arranged on the branches in a pinnate pattern. Even though this palm is a solitary palm, it can be planted in small clusters of 3-5 Environment: The salomonense enjoys a shady, moist, but well drained area where it can et only a few hours of direct sun during the day. As the palm grows tall, it can become more adapt to full sun. It is not very cold hardy, and should be planted in Zones 10-11 only. However we have larger trees that are doing just fine here in Central Florida, but we protect them from the harsh winter nights. As a seedling, keep it in a shady area, where it can get watered regularly.