American Oil Palm

Elaeis oleifera

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Elaeis (el-LEE-iss) (Info)
Species: oleifera (oh-lee-IF-er-uh) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Palms

Water Requirements:

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

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Evergreen

Foliage Color:

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Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Hardiness:

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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Danger:

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Bloom Color:

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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:

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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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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jun 3, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Slightly more attractive than its old world cousin, Elaeis guineensis, this palm also is a major producer of oil-filled seeds. It has a large, full crown of 12' long leaves, leaflets more on an even plane than its cousin (more plumose), and trunks are mostly prostrate. In fact, the trunks tend to form roots as they 'lie down' with the oldest parts rotting away. In this fasion, this palm can actually move about over time and may have a very long life (hundreds of years maybe?) for a palm. It is nearly aquatic in its needs.

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