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Arenga engleri

Formosa Palm

This feathery palm grows quickly with regular fertilizer. Producing three to five 8 ft leaves per year and spreading in clumps up to 16 ft, this palm makes a terrific screening element. Arenga engleri is considered one of best landscape palms because of its olive green to grey foliage and lush tropical appearance. It thrives in moist soil with good drainage and has a low salt tolerance. It is diecious, producing both male and female flowers, though it also reproduces through clumping offsets. The species is considered monocarpic, meaning the flowering trunk will die, but the other surrounding trunks will continue to flourish. The flowers smell incredible, but beware that the fruit is poisonous. This palm is sensitive to derooting, so contact us in advance if you would like to include one of these incredible specimen to your landscape project.

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Arenga engleri

Formosa Palm

This feathery palm grows quickly with regular fertilizer. Producing three to five 8 ft leaves per year and spreading in clumps up to 16 ft, this palm makes a terrific screening element. Arenga engleri is considered one of best landscape palms because of its olive green to grey foliage and lush tropical appearance. It thrives in moist soil with good drainage and has a low salt tolerance. It is diecious, producing both male and female flowers, though it also reproduces through clumping offsets. The species is considered monocarpic, meaning the flowering trunk will die, but the other surrounding trunks will continue to flourish. The flowers smell incredible, but beware that the fruit is poisonous. This palm is sensitive to derooting, so contact us in advance if you would like to include one of these incredible specimen to your landscape project.

Key Plant details

Cold Tolerance:

18°F (-8°C)

Growth Rate:

Total Height:

2-4 ft (0.6-1.2 m) tall trunk, up to 10 ft (3 m) overall height

Habit:

Multistemmed shrub or foliage cluster

Leaf Structure:

5-7 ft (1.5-2.1 m) long, pinnate

Canopy size:

10-15 ft (3.0-4.6 m) per crown, clumping to 10-30 ft (3-9 m)

Trunk width:

4-8 inches (10-20 cm) thick

Exposure:

Full sun or shade

Soil requirements:

Moist, well-drained

Tolerances:

Low drought tolerance, low salt tolerance

Reproduction:

Monocarpic trunks, produce both male and female flowers

Water usage:

Moderate

HEat requirement:

Full sun or shade

Hazards:

Fruit is poisonous, avoid handling

Native origin:

Taiwan, Japan, India

Further Reading:

Designing with Palms, Jason Dewees

What makes our plants so special? Our location on the cliffs of Santa Barbara receives over 280 days of sunshine a year and we utilize our indigenous soil, mixing it with a specialized amendment. Our plants are routinely watered, fertilized, and trimmed. We always aid our plants to proper health when needs arise, and we do so without the use of sprays.

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