Queensland Dwarf Fan Palm
Livistona muelleri

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Livistona (liv-iss-TOH-nuh) (Info)
Species: muelleri (MEW-ler-eye) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Palms

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Los Angeles, California

Venice, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

2
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RatingContent
Positive

On Jun 16, 2004, klaude from Cairns
Australia (Zone 11) wrote:

This palm does grow naturally in some of the wetter areas of North East Queensland (sorry palmbob, but I disagree with your comment that it is from the drier areas), though it is not a palm of the rainforest, but from the open lowland forest. Around Cairns it is occurs naturally but is rarely used as a horticultural subject, mainly because of it's slow growth, and the variety of alternatives available. Unfortunately many beautiful naturally growing specimens are being lost to urban development.

Positive

On Mar 6, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Have not had much success with this species... very touchy as a seedling, but many have been able to grow it in So Cal.. seems to a be a bit touchy about being overwatered (which is odd as it can grow in very moist tropical climates, even in water-logged soils), and certainly doesn't like to have crown watered a lot (gets bud rot easily). From the drier parts of N Australia but also monsoonal areas of New Guinea. Has stiffer leaves than most Livistona, and in warm climates, produces very ornamental red infloresences. In drier, marginal climates like ours here in Southern California, palm has a very tight, dense crown and is very slow growing (almost a dwarf palm).