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Big Leaf Palm, Darian Palm

Marojejya darianii

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Marojejya (mar-oh-JEJ-ee-a) (Info)
Species: darianii (dar-ee-AN-ee-eye) (Info)




Water Requirements:

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

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


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:

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

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

White/Near White


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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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:

Vista, California

Venice, Florida

Agana Heights, Guam

Ainaloa, Hawaii

Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii

Kurtistown, Hawaii

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 23, 2016, GaleaGrouse from Valletta,
Malta wrote:

Do you know from where I can purchase a seedling ?


On Jun 28, 2006, cfkingfish from Venice, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is near the top of the list of palm favorites in my book. It grows in swampy, acidic pits in the Marojejy area of Northeast Madagascar, hence the genus name. M. darianii is a perfect example of a "Jurassic" palm - its large, usually entire fronds and thick trunk and petiole leads one to believe it came right out of the age of dinosaurs. In terms of cultivation, this palm has some hardiness to cold if you meet its acidic soil requirements.


On Aug 23, 2004, Kylecawaza from Corte Madera, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

If you live in zone 11, even zone 11 or 10b California, this palm is perfect. This palm is new in cultivation in the state but the current ones there are still growing. They need lots of nitrogen.


On May 27, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

THis is one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring palms there is... has huge, unsplit leaves up to 10-12' long and new leaf has lots of crimson and orange in it. It is a massive palm from Madagascar that actually grows here in California (in protected, perfect very warm environments)... but is best in the tropics. It is very needy of moisture, and has been found to grow best here in dry So Cal by being misted all day long in the warm times of the year. Otherwise the foliage suffers terribly and it looks awful. In Hawaii it is nearly unsurpassed as a striking specimen palm (well, there are many other great specimen palms for Hawaii, though). Best to keep out of winds as the large, sail-like leaves will get shredded. Named after a local southern California palm grower and pioneer, Dr... read more