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PlantFiles: Sierra Palm
Gaussia princeps

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gaussia (GAUS-see-uh) (Info)
Species: princeps (PRIN-keps) (Info)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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

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Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive psljbeachj On Mar 1, 2013, psljbeachj from Jensen Beach, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Adorable palm for a tight spot. The new growth spear on our specimen is remarkably thick for a palm this size. We have ours with an under planting of dwarf chenille. Just keep the chenille from getting to close to the trunk to prevent fungus. Reasonable salt tolerance probably a 2nd line out of 3.

Neutral palmbob On Jun 4, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

not the most beautiful palm in the world, but interesting, especially as a seedling. A moderately slow Cuban solitary pinnate palm with a long green tapering crownshaft and a swollen, bottle trunk when young. Eventually grows to 30'. Not a very full head of leaves in crown (4-6) and not all that neat. Mostly grown by palm nuts who want to have another species.


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

Huntington Beach, California
Jensen Beach, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida

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