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Trevesia palmata 'Micholitzii'

Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Trevesia (tre-VES-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: palmata (pahl-MAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Micholitzii

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive SirThaddeus On Oct 16, 2013, SirThaddeus from Knoxville, TN wrote:

I believe I have the sanderii. I've owned all 3 specimens in the past 30 years.
My current plant is ~ 30 years old. It is in a 18" (inside dia.) pot.
It can dry out "dry as a bone". Starts drooping slightly. I frequently will pick up this dry pot so I can turn it in another direction before watering. It's always been in a North picture window in CT. or a smaller window in Knoxville. The plant CAN take cold. It would sit in the CT window at ~ 45-55 degree temps. Oil heat is expensive in CT.
I have propagated it numerous times from air-layering (at times 2 at the same time from the same plant).
I have cut it down to ground zero numerous times when it gets too tall (~12' in my CT home).
Most people coming into my home assume it is a phoney plant since it's sooo beautiful.

Positive Galileo On Jun 23, 2010, Galileo from Simi Valley, CA wrote:

I have mine indoors. It gets about 2 hours of direct sunlight in the morning and another 45 min of semi-direct in the evening. Seems to be loving that spot, since I brought it home it's produced 3 new growths and continues with fast growth. I have it in a large container and keep moist continuously, well drained. Some occasional misting seems to keep it happy.

Neutral einaudi On Jan 7, 2008, einaudi from Hana, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

I am wild about the leaves, but negative about it's growth rate! I planted my Trevesia two years ago when it's trunk was 6" high. It is now 8" high! Can't blame the climate, because Hana's climate is not dramatically different from Trevesia's native habitat in Sumatra and Borneo.

Positive BayAreaTropics On Jun 25, 2006, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

A more ornate Fatsia japonica in a certain way. Branches very little with exotically cut leaves. Surprisingly cold hardy,mine has taken below freezing with little to no damage.Slow growing at first, then picks up speed. From the mountains of Vietnam i read someplace. Choice exotic.


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

Hayward, California
Simi Valley, California
Upland, California
Tolland, Connecticut
Loxahatchee, Florida
Hana, Hawaii
Knoxville, Tennessee

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