Doum Palm, Ilala Palm
Hyphaene coriacea

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hyphaene (hy-FEN-ay-ee) (Info)
Species: coriacea (kor-ee-uh-KEE-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Hyphaene natalensis
Synonym:Hyphaene crinita
Synonym:Hyphaene shatan

Category:

Trees

Palms

Height:

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)

Spacing:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 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:

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

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Silver/Gray

Blue-Green

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Reseda, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Westminster, California

Key West, Florida

Miami Beach, Florida

Venice, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Dec 14, 2005, cfkingfish from Venice, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Synonymous with H. natalensis now, this palm seems to be the most widely cultivated in the genus. This palm is unique in that it branches above ground level. It is cold hardy into the lower-mid 20s, making it popular throughout Central and South Florida. It is related to both the Bismarckia and Latania genera.

Positive

On Apr 22, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of my favorite species for So Cal. It is common (relatively, for palm nuts), is pretty hardy to frost (once it's been in the ground for 4-6 years), wind, drought and has a lot of leeway in soil quality. Seedlings will often be defoliated by a frost, but often will grow back. It is a branching palm, though usually only branching at or near ground level. It has large, costapalmate, stiff whitish grey-green leaves. The petioles are black with white, ochre, orange, some green and rust... can be a very colorful palm. It is a bit slow for commercial landscaping, and needs very deep pots to be germinated and grown up in (deep roots). The roots are very deep in the wild, surviving in areas of African and Madagascar that get little rainful- survives on ground water.