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Stone Gate Palm, Green Princeps Palm 'Green'

Trachycarpus princeps

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)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

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Bloom Time:

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Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Mckinleyville, California

Reseda, California

North, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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... read more