A lovely landscape palm, very commonly used in Asia and Australia but less so in South Florida. It is not very different from the piccabean palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana) but has more white coloring under the leaves, is a bit faster growing, and has a more prominently ringed trunk. The large pinnate leaves are more upright and less pendulous than the regular It also has white flowers as opposed to purple, which the piccabean palm has.
As with the piccabean palm, this palm tends to look best when planted in small groups, although it can be used as a single specimen as well.
In areas of high humidity, all Archontophoenix species tolerate full sun. However, they grow best and look best when planted in partial shade. Areas that are inland must plant this palm in either part day sun or morning light. Archontophoenix do poorly in desert areas (unless in shade) and cannot tolerate direct sun.
Archontophoenix palms appreciate rich soil with good drainage. Supplementing the soil with organic material such as mulch, fir or redwood shavings or leaf matter is essential. They are also "thirsty" palms and need adequate water, which may mean daily watering during seasonal dry weather. A slow-release fertilizer with an N/P/K ratio of 3:1:3 is recommended.
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