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Rhapis excelsa

Broadleaf Lady Palm

Rhapis excelsa is a clumping, bamboo like palm with thin, hairy trunks and palmate leaves attached by wirey petioles. The leaflets on it's palmate leaves are larger than its cousin Rhapis humilis, with each leaf splitting into 5-9 leaflets. It makes for a good houseplant, growing well in containers and low light conditions.

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Rhapis excelsa

Broadleaf Lady Palm

Rhapis excelsa is a clumping, bamboo like palm with thin, hairy trunks and palmate leaves attached by wirey petioles. The leaflets on it's palmate leaves are larger than its cousin Rhapis humilis, with each leaf splitting into 5-9 leaflets. It makes for a good houseplant, growing well in containers and low light conditions.

Key Plant details

Cold Tolerance:

22°F (-6°C)

Growth Rate:

Slow growing in cooler climates

Total Height:

10 ft (3 m) tall

Habit:

Clumping

Leaf Structure:

2 ft (0.6 m) long, palmate

Canopy size:

3 ft (0.9 m) wide crown span, clumping to more than 15 ft (4.6 m) wide

Trunk width:

1 inch (3 cm) thick

Exposure:

Sun or part shade, tolerates low light

Soil requirements:

Adaptable, tolerates calcareous soils

Tolerances:

Moderate drought tolerance, moderate salt tolerance

Reproduction:

Water usage:

Moderate

HEat requirement:

Sun or part shade, tolerates low light

Hazards:

Native origin:

China

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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