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Velvet Palm
Chamaedorea adscendens

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chamaedorea (kam-ee-DOR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: adscendens (ad-SEN-denz) (Info)

Category:

Palms

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Blue-Green

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)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Berkeley, California

Brentwood, California

Los Angeles, California

Reseda, California

Santa Barbara, California

Tarzana, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Naples, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:

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0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Oct 29, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of my favorite Chamaedoreas (and that's saying something since I have about 100 favorites of this genus) for Southern California. It has sea-green, thick, leathery partially to completely split large ovoid leaves. It is a slow grower but has a bit of sun hardiness. I have no idea how it does as an indoor palm (most Chamaedoreas do well) but I suspect this one may be needy of a LOT of light. It's a native of Guatemala and Belize.