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PlantFiles: Caranday Palm, Wax Palm
Copernicia alba

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Copernicia (koh-per-NEE-kee-uh) (Info)
Species: alba (AL-ba) (Info)

Synonym:Copernicia australis

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

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Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive palmbob On Aug 30, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the only Copernicias that do well in So Cal. at least so far. C. prunifera, the Carnuba Wax Palm, also does pretty well, but is slower (some consider it the same species anyway). Though it is easily the fastest growing of the Copernicias, that is a relative term... it is still a slow palm. It has some incredibly, viciously sharp teeth along its teeth that can shred your skin easily, so beware when trimming. The trunk is highly ornamental when trimmed with the short, unsplit leave bases dotting it.

In Thailand this is an extremely commonly grown landscape palm. There it is a relatively fast palm, and easy to dig up and move about.

One of the problems with common names, and one reason I am so ignorant about them (I purposely try not to attach a common name to a palm) is so many palms share the same common names. I had never heard Trithrinax campestris refered to as the Cananday palm before, but apparently it, too, is called that. Obviously a different palm altogether, though (suckers, blue leaves and visciously tipped leaflets).

Positive IslandJim On Aug 29, 2003, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a very attractive small palm. Its fronds have a silver or blue cast that nicely contrasts with its chocolate brown stem. If the boots are properly pruned and shaped, it is a fantastic addition to any landscape--a true conversation piece. Also of interest, perhaps, it's a close relative of the palm that produces carnuba wax [Copernicia prunifera], but much better looking!


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

Encino, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Brandon, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Naples, Florida
Odessa, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Venice, Florida
Schertz, Texas

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