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PlantFiles: Stone Gate Palm
Trachycarpus princeps

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Trachycarpus (trak-ee-KAR-pus) (Info)
Species: princeps (PRIN-keps) (Info)

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

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USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral purplesun On Nov 7, 2009, purplesun from Krapets
Bulgaria (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have already lost one specimen of this invaluable species by asking a neighbour to water it along with seven other palms during a period of my absence. Well, the guy decided to go on a three-week holiday to London without warning me, and this palm was pretty much dead after I came to check my garden. I guess I deserve receiving a hundred lashes from palm enthusiasts for letting such a grave loss happen.
Concerning how this palm looks, it has a very unusual habit of growing fully palmate leaves from a very early stage of its life. Also, the leaves are joined to the stem at a right angle or they even point slightly downwards. I hadn't seen such a trachycarpus palm before.
It should grow to be an impressive specimen, I think. For now, I am growing a newly acquired specimen from this species in a pot filled with soil from the site, where it will eventually grow. I really do hope I don't make this palm die.

Neutral palmbob On Jul 20, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a relatively new palm to cultivation (2006) but seed and seedlings have been available a few years now. It is characterized by a uniquely blue-white underside to the leaves, making it one of the more ornamental Trachycarpus species. I have a seedling that was in a liner until recently and it has yet to show the glaucous leaves (hope it's the real thing). But it is tolerating full hot, inland, southern California sun so far... better than T martianus and latisectus, both which prefer shade until older. Seems relatively fast compared to those shade lovers, too.

There are two 'forms' of this species, both from the same area of China near the border of Tibet. One form is the quintessential stiff-leaved, white undersided form every one is clamouring for, and the other is a frail-leaved, greenish form that looks more like a Trachycarpus fortunei (sadly, that is the form I ended up with). May turn out to be two different species (they have to be in my opinion).


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

Anniston, Alabama
Los Angeles, California
Mckinleyville, California
Reseda, California
Visalia, California
Douglasville, Georgia
Beaufort, North Carolina
North, South Carolina
Olympia, Washington

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