This delightful mid-size palm was only first grown in the USA about 20 years ago, but since then it has taken the tropical gardening world by storm. Native to Australia, the Foxtail palm derives its name from the very full appearance of the leaves, formed by the circular arrangement of the leaflets. The deep green leaves and full crown give it a lush, formal, but very tropical appearance.
In foliage and overall form, the foxtail palm resembles a miniature royal palm with its spring green crownshaft and smooth gray trunk. In fact, it makes an excellent substitute for royal palm in places where a royal palm would be too big and out-of-scale. It can be used either as a single specimen or in grove or group plantings.
Part of the foxtail palm's popularity is its ease of culture: it adapts readily to South Florida growing conditions. It does well in full sun and any well-drained soil. Heat and humidity are to its liking. It is moderately drought tolerant once established.
The only thing it is finicky about is feeding: foxtail palm is a "hungry" palm that does best when given regular applications of palm fertilizer 2-3 times during the growing season. Even better is to give this palm a moist but well drained, organic compost soil to grow in. In poor soil and without regular feedings, foxtail palm leaves tend to bleach out and become a pale yellow-green rather than the lush dark emerald green that makes it a knockout.
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