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Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 23, 2012
11:32 AM

Post #9215765

My first real Arenga engleri flower... nice!! and the smell is powerful and fills the entire yard... too bad not all palm flowers can smell like these.

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South Africa

July 23, 2012
12:41 PM

Post #9215855

Beautiful too. How old is the tree?


Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 23, 2012
2:12 PM

Post #9215981

Got it as a 5 gal plant 6 years ago... so maybe 10-12 years old. Has grown a lot in just 6 years, though.
Temecula, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 23, 2012
3:41 PM

Post #9216128

hiya Bob,

I'm growing A. hookeri, do you know if this fragrance is species specific or if the rest of the genus has that added bonus?


Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)

July 23, 2012
3:57 PM

Post #9216152

Sorry, I don't know,... that is much harder species to get to flower here... in fact, most cannot even get it to survive more than a few winters... good luck!

July 23, 2012
8:37 PM

Post #9216495

My engleri hasn't flowered yet, but it's growing in a lot of shade so I'm expecting it to be a bit slow.

My hookeri, caudata and pinnata flower regularly but I haven't noticed any fragrance from them. Never given them the sniff test from close, but from 'walking-past' distance there's been nothing.
Temecula, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 9, 2012
6:29 PM

Post #9354145

Thanks Bob and tropicbreeze,

I've got my seedling A. hookeri(s) in a greenhouse for the winter. They're only in their second year, but I'm excited to see them bloom before I croak from old age...


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