Natural Habitat: Naturally found throughout Northern Queensland, Australia
Description: A tall solitary palm that can reach heights over 30 feet tall with a bulky thick trunk, that can be too round for one man to put his arms around. The thick trunk is a light gray ad has lighter rings left from the falling leaves. The self-cleaning crown shaft is light green, and emerges 8-10 large leaves. The green leaflets extend from the branch in a number of different angles giving the leaf a very robust appearance, similar to a fox’s tail, hence the common name. When the tree fruits, it develops large clusters of large green egg sized seeds that fade to a bright red when ripe.
The Foxtail can also be planted in small clusters of 2-4, and allowed to grow as a clump. The only downside to this practice is a slower rate of growth.
Environment: The Foxtail enjoys a sunny, moist and well-drained area, where it will have plenty of room to grow tall. It is cold hardy down to the low 30’s and can even take small amounts of frost and light freezes. Zones 9b-11. As a seedling, keep it inn a shady area where it will get watered regularly.