Dictyosperma album has two common names: princess palm due to its graceful appearance, and hurrican palm because of its ability to withstand strong hurricane force winds. It grows to a height of 20-30' with a single, grey-ringed trunk. The graceful pinnate leaves are 8-12' long and a glossy bright green color. When young, the tops of the fronds twist and droop because of the flexible midrib, which gives a curving appearance to the leaves. One distinctive trait that is used to distinguish this palm from the Archontophoenix palms, which look very similar, is the pronounced erect young spear leaves which look like long swords sticking straight up from the center of the plant. Hurricane palm can be used as a single specimen but tends to look better when planted in small groups or groves.
Although the princess or hurricane palm can be tough and withstand strong hurricane winds, it is not drought tolerant and requires high humidity, doing best in warm, coastal areas. In general it is well-adapted to cultivation in South Florida and is typically an easy to grow, trouble free plant. It needs full sun and is not shade tolerant. Regular watering is required but this palm also needs a well-drained soil. It is moderately salt tolerant and can be used in seaside gardens.
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