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PlantFiles: Norfolk Island Palm
Rhopalostylis baueri

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Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhopalostylis (rope-a-lo-STY-lis) (Info)
Species: baueri (baw-WARE-eye) (Info)

Category:
Trees
Palms

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

Spacing:
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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:
Evergreen

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive palmbob On Jul 2, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This solitary pinnate monoecious palm is one of the southernmost palms in the world, growing naturally on some small islands off New Zealand (Nofolk and Raoul Islands). It is very similar in appearance to the Nikau palm, Rhopalostylis sapida, but differs in having a slightly less bulbous crownshaft, a short petiole (as opposed to none at all), a lot more purply color in the rachis/petioles and a tendency for the leaves to arch more. It is usually a less robust palm, but in cultivation Nikau palms can be both skinny and robust, depending on climate and watering conditions. This is also one of the few palms that don't grow well in hot, humid climates (though did see some doing OK in Hawaii in deep shade on elevated ground)- particularly south Florida. Excellent palm however for southern California. I have had several of these and they grow well and are very ornamental palms. Not great palms for full hot inland sun, though... best to keep out of the afternoon sun in most areas except along the coast.

Regional...

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

Oceanside, California
San Francisco, California
San Leandro, California
Santa Barbara, California (2 reports)
Tarzana, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Port Charlotte, Florida



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