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PlantFiles: Seychelles Stilt Palm, Splendid Palm
Verschaffeltia splendida

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Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Verschaffeltia (ver-shaf-FELT-ee-a) (Info)
Species: splendida (SPLEN-did-uh) (Info)

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Category:
Trees
Palms

Height:
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
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Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive palmlover32 On Dec 4, 2010, palmlover32 from Boca Raton, FL wrote:

I planted one in my garden 2 years ago. The cold weather that hit Boca Raton, FL last winter did not affect the plant much. It is a fast grower. The leaves are undivided and full of spines under the leaves and around the trunk. Loves the water, full sun, stilt roots are striking!

Positive Kylecawaza On Aug 23, 2004, Kylecawaza from Corte Madera, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This palm is definatley worth a try in coastal areas of Southern California, and no one has tried it in the state in fear of that it is too tender, which is what they thought about the Copernicia Baileyana as well, but tehy were wrong. Other palms from the Seychelles turned out to be surpsiginly hardy, like the Roscheria, which thrives in Sydney Australia, but no one has tried it yet in Southern California. There is a Verischfaltia growing in Port Macquerie Australia outside that is growing quite well, and in that area, you can not even grow a coconut palm.

Positive palmbob On May 30, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Magnificent palm with spiny trunk, large, mostly unsplit wide leaves and ALWAYS has stilt roots. This is the priemier stilt root palm to grow in the tropics- it's a reliable and relatively fast grower there (hopeless here in southern California). In its native Seychelles, it can grow up to 80', high on steep, moutain slopes.

FYI- this palm has been tried hundreds of times by dozens of individuals along coastal southern California (as has Roscheria- even by myself, along with many dozens of other growers... no way!)- most with way more palm-growing experience than I have, and so far... no success.

Regional...

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

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Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida (2 reports)
Loxahatchee, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Ainaloa, Hawaii
Hana, Hawaii
St John, Mississippi



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