Wodyetia X Veitchia 'FoxyLady'
“Foxy Lady Palm”
“Foxtail Palm” Wodyetia bifurcata X “Sunshine Palm” Veitchia arecina
Natural Habitat: This Hybrid naturally occurs in both habitat and cultivation. Rumor has it, that the hybrid was first discovered in Australia, where both the parent palms are found throughout landscape areas.
The cross also occurs in the America’s where both parent plants exist in cultivation. In cultivation, the cross most often occurs on large scale palm farms where both parent palms are grown by the thousands. In these farms the cross is most often discovered when they are removing these large palms for transport, and the difference it discovered.
Hybrid: The hybrid occurs when a seedling W. bifurcata gets cross pollinated V. arecina pollen. The seed pollinated flower will grow on the bifurcata (Foxtail), and eventfully become viable seed. The hybrid seed will look very similar to a normal foxtail seed. Once the hybrid seeds sprouts, a trained eye can pick it out from a standard foxtail batch after it emerges a few leaves.
There are two different variations of this hybrid; a standard green leafed hybrid and a variegated leaf hybrid with patterns of yellow on the leaflets.
Description: The Foxylady looks like a perfect cross of a Foxtail & Sunshine Palm, having similar characteristics of both, but having a slight more Veithcia appearance. It has a slender gray trunk with a bulbous swollen base. The trunk has white or dark gray leaf scares similar to both the parent palms. The crownshaft is light green or white, usually depending on the age of the palm, and has small black hairs or fuzz where the crownshaft meets the petioles (branches), also like the parent palms. The leaflets are ruffled and dark green, if not yellow from the variegation and really look like a middle ground between both parent palms.
Environment: The Foxylady enjoys a sunny, moist and well drained area where it will get plenty of good sun throughout the day. It grows rather tall, and should be given plenty of room to grow tall. It is said to be cold hardier then its parents, living in areas where the parents palms will not. They are not very tolerant to frost and freeze, but can survive them.
We have a large 20 foot specimen that made it through a recent winter freeze, which had two nights at 27. All the leaves browned and died, but the bud lived and is emerging new leaves.