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Actinokentia

Actinokentia divaricata

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Actinokentia (ak-tin-oh-KEN-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: divaricata (dy-vair-ih-KAY-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Palms

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Lavender

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Oceanside, California

San Diego, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Vista, California

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Delray Beach, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Sep 2, 2005, elHoagie from Altadena, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Man, I'm glad I didn't plant my seedling in the ground after reading palmbob's story. Mine has been in my unheated greenhouse for about one year (ordered a bareroot 1 gallon size from Hawaii), and it has grown 3 new leaves in that time. It insists on having exactly 4 leaves at all times; within days of a new leaf opening the oldest one turns brown. The new leaves still open up green, but I'm hoping for more red as it matures. Already has a nice purple color to the crownshaft.

Positive

On Nov 18, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is an attractive dainty palm from New Caledonia that has surprising hardiness considering its tropical origins. It is a decent indoor plant as well as a good outdoor palm for small, shady So Cal gardens. As it matures, the new leaves come out strikingly red. This palm has a very narrow trunk and long slightly purplish crownshaft, below which flowers continually open year round (at least in a tropical climate- no one has seen that yet in so Cal because there are no mature plants here). ONe draw back- it is an INCREDIBLY slow grower. I have a seedling in the ground now in my old garden that was planted in 1995 as a three leave seedling and it has maybe put out 6 leaves in the last 8, almost 9 years and doesn't look a whole lot bigger than at planting. Many palms grow slow in So Ca... read more

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