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Trachycarpus princeps 'Green'

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Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Trachycarpus (trak-ee-KAR-pus) (Info)
Species: princeps (PRIN-keps) (Info)
Cultivar: Green
Additional cultivar information: (aka Nova)

Category:
Palms

Height:
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive garryendson10 On Nov 19, 2011, garryendson10 wrote:

There are 2 forms of Nova, the narrow form and the wide form and most importantly Nova the narrow form is existing in the wild as an undescribed new variety apart from in cultivation.

Positive palmbob On Jun 8, 2011, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

sold to me as normal T princeps, but immediately seen to be something else (since only faint blush on back side of leaves, and grows WAY too fast.. and leaves not stiff like true princeps). This palm most certainly will be classified as NOT T princeps eventually, but for now, since grows in same area as T princeps, will be unfortunately relagated to the 'nova' category until it flowers in captivity, or someone bothers to research it in the wild and describe it properly.

In my experience, this is as fast, if not faster growing than Trachycarpus fortunei, which is resembles very closely, though differs in lighter fiber on trunk, slightly thinner trunk, thinner and more perfectly spaced leaflets. Cultivationally this plant is much more sun sensitive than T fortunei burning every summer as the heat goes up and humidity drops here in southern California. GEographically it differs, to, coming from an area in Asia about 1000 miles or more from T fortunei. Perhaps it is a separate population of T fortunei that has, over the years, changed in some ways... Nice looking plant. Just needs a proper name.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Reseda, California
North, South Carolina



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