“Feather Duster Palm”
Natural Habitat: Naturally found throughout the rainforest and costal areas of New Zealand and its surrounding island’s
Description: A large solitary palm that can reach heights around 30 feet tall. It has a short light green or yellow crownshaft that has a large unmistakable bulge where it meets the trunk. The 10-15 branches emerge from the crown in a tight upright arrangement, similar in appearance to a broom or feather duster (hence the common name) The leaves are light green, stiff, and also point upright. The trunk is gray and rigid due its leaf scares
Environment: This palm enjoys a temperate sub-tropical environment where it will get both sun and shade during the day. It likes a protected area, where it can be protected from strong winds that tend to rough up the leaves, giving them a tattered appearance. This palm is cold hardy into the 20’s and can take light freezes with minimal to no damage as an adult tree. Zone 8-10. This palm does not enjoy high humidity levels.
As a young tree it enjoys more shade then sun, and will grow faster and larger in a shaded area. As a seedling this palm enjoys a shady area where it can get plenty of water