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Howea forsteriana

Kentia Palm, Thatch Palm

Howea forsteriana or Kentia Palms are iconic tropical palms. They grow with solitary trunks, though we have many multi-trunk specimen that have been grown together since seedlings. Our largest specimen are over 80 years old, and there is no need to deroot them slowly.

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Howea forsteriana

Kentia Palm, Thatch Palm

Howea forsteriana or Kentia Palms are iconic tropical palms. They grow with solitary trunks, though we have many multi-trunk specimen that have been grown together since seedlings. Our largest specimen are over 80 years old, and there is no need to deroot them slowly.

Key Plant details

Cold Tolerance:

27°F (-3°C)

Growth Rate:

Total Height:

40 ft (12.2 m) tall

Habit:

Solitary trunks

Leaf Structure:

7-12 ft (2.1-3.7 m) long, pinnate

Canopy size:

10-18 ft (3.0-5.5 m) wide

Trunk width:

6-8 inches (15-20 cm) thick, flared at base

Exposure:

Shade or part shade, full sun at maturity

Soil requirements:

Well-drained, tolerant of alkalinity

Tolerances:

Low to moderate drought tolerance, moderate to high salt tolerance

Reproduction:

Monoecious, polycarpic

Water usage:

Moderate

HEat requirement:

Shade or part shade, full sun at maturity

Hazards:

Native origin:

Lord Howe Island

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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