Rhapis excelsa varigated
Rhapis excelsa var. varigated
Varigated Lady Palm
Natural Habitat: These plants where recently imported straight from China. There is not much information about the origins of this individual variety, or where the parent plant came from.
History: The Rhapis excelsa has a number of different varieties. These varieties range from leaf size and shade, to variation and total height. The variegated lady palm are also wide ranging, due to the level of variegation and color. Many of which have been named, graded, and categorized in China. From what we have learned, most of the variegated lady’s have been cultivated in China for 100’s of years. We are unsure how the different varieties came about, or where the parent plants came from, but we know certain varieties can produce a number of different variations. Please check out http://www.pacsoa.org.au/palms/Rhapis/index.html to see some of the different variations.
Description: The variegated Rhapis excelsa is just a variety of Rhapis excelsa. The variegated variation shares most of the excelsa’s characteristics. They variegated variety is naturally clustering, emerging as many as 4 off shoots from a single one gallon plant. The palms can form dense clusters, and can reach heights around 10 feet tall. The trunks are also covered in a black/brown net of fibers, that fall off as the tree ages, emerging a variegated ringed trunk from the leaf scares. The leaves range in variegation from a few yellow stripes on the glossy green leaves, to a complete yellow leaf. Please see the picture gallery for detailed pictures.
Container Growing: The small tree are perfect for container growing, keeping them as both indoor and outdoor plants. We suggest keeping them a container for most of their lives, separating the new off shoots as they age. They can be grown into 5-7 gallon pots in a few years, making an amazing plant for you patio.
Ground Growing: If you plan on planting this tree in the ground, please grow it to a 3-5 gallon size before planting it. Be aware, we have heard reports that the variation can disappear after planting the palm in the ground, and stay dormant for up to a few years.
Environment: This palm is hardy to wide range of climates. It can take tropical, subtropical and even temperate areas, withstanding temperatures down into the low 20’s with minimal damage. Zones 9-11. Enjoys a shady area, where it will get a few hours of good sun during the day. It is hardy to indoor life, and does great as a indoor potted plant.