South American Foxtail Palm, Sumunqué Palm

Syagrus sancona

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Syagrus (sy-AG-russ) (Info)
Species: sancona




Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Where to Grow:

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over 40 ft. (12 m)


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


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:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Grown for foliage


Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

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

Los Altos, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Zephyrhills, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 16, 2013, coastalzonepush from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

in my opinion, this palm is even more beautiful than the regular queens! if we could replace a quarter of existing queens with these beauties, i think everywhere would be easier on the eyes. love the leaves and trunk. the overall shape is so nice, i think they should be planted more.


On Dec 2, 2004, laspalmasdesign from Los Altos, CA wrote:

Here in the SF Bay Area (Los Altos) 9b, this species of Syagrus does fine. I planted a 10 gallon specimen that was nearly 4 feet tall in a mostly shaded area, which slows growth, but it has still managed a couple feet of growth. It's not fussy but looks its best when kept wel watered.


On Jun 23, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Great looking Syagrus- probably one of my favorites- called a foxtail palm since it looks vaguely like a Wodyetia (though leaflets or lancelote instead of premorse, and no crownshaft)... but does have relatively wide leaflets in a 360 degree plumose pattern around the petioles, making the leaves look a bit like a foxes tail, I guess. Tall Syagrus (the tallest I think- 80'?) from South America (as all Syagrus but one are). Fast grower. Mine in THousand Oaks (zone 9b) did great (haven't seen it in a few years) but it did get badly frosted one year by unusually cold winds... but with protection this palm should do well in zone 9b. Best in the tropics though.