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Rhopalostylis baueri

Feather Duster or Norfolk Island Palm

Rhopalostylis sapida is a unique and beautiful palm that is very slow growing. It has a green trunk and recurved pinnate leaves that jut out from their attachment points at a 45° angle. Almost no nurseries have large specimen for sale. It grows further south than almost any palm in the world. It also makes for a great potted plant!

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Rhopalostylis baueri

Feather Duster or Norfolk Island Palm

Rhopalostylis sapida is a unique and beautiful palm that is very slow growing. It has a green trunk and recurved pinnate leaves that jut out from their attachment points at a 45° angle. Almost no nurseries have large specimen for sale. It grows further south than almost any palm in the world. It also makes for a great potted plant!

Key Plant details

Cold Tolerance:

28°F (-2°C)

Growth Rate:

Slow

Total Height:

35 ft (10.7 m) tall

Habit:

Solitary trunks

Leaf Structure:

10-12 ft (3.0-3.7 m) long, pinnate

Canopy size:

15 ft (4.6 m) wide

Trunk width:

8 inches (20 cm) thick

Exposure:

Shade or sun in cooler climates

Soil requirements:

Adaptable

Tolerances:

Low drought tolerance, moderate salt tolerance

Reproduction:

Monoecious, polycarpic

Water usage:

Moderate to High

HEat requirement:

Shade or sun in cooler climates

Hazards:

Native origin:

Australia (Norfolk Island and New Zealand

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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