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Archontophoenix purpurea

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Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Archontophoenix (ar-kon-toh-FEE-niks) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)

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Category:
Palms

Height:
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:
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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:
Evergreen

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive billowen On Apr 23, 2010, billowen from Port Charlotte, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I have four of these King palms, two potted and two in the ground. The two planted in the ground took temps down to around 28 degrees for several hours this past winter. I wrapped both with blankets, but provided no heat. Both faired very well with little damage. Several other more cold sensitive Palms in my yard died. Growth I have seen is pretty rapid. They seem to do well here.

Positive palmbob On Sep 22, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Great form of King Palm, but is the least sun tolerant of the species, at least in the more inland areas of Southern Calfornia. As it matures, it does better in the sun. It is absolutely gorgeous in the tropics where the crownshaft is a gorgeous light violet-grey. In California the trunk color is sometimes a bit disappointly less than purple... sort of an off-green to brown. But sometimes one will show a nice lavendar crownshaft and not sure why some do and some don't.

As a seedling this is a pretty robust plant, compared to the more common king palm. Leaves have a whitish underside and trunks are more markedly ringed. However it is a bit slower growing and maybe less tolerant of drought. None of the ARchontophoenix species move well, especially as older plants. Plant this one where you want it to stay forever.

Regional...

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

Antioch, California
Huntington Beach, California
La Verne, California
Oceanside, California
Rancho Cucamonga, California
Reseda, California
San Diego, California
Santa Barbara, California (2 reports)
Thousand Oaks, California
Ventura, California
Yorba Linda, California
Cape Coral, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Agana Heights, Guam
Hilo, Hawaii



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