Latanier feuille, Thief Palm

Phoenicophorium borsigianum

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phoenicophorium (fee-nik-oh-FOR-ee-um) (Info)
Species: borsigianum (bor-sig-ee-AY-num) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Palms

Water Requirements:

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

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

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Danger:

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

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:

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Seed Collecting:

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Regional

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

Boca Raton, Florida

Ainaloa, Hawaii

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Aug 2, 2008, SierraTigerLily from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I thought this a fitting place marker to memorialize the spot where our landscaper stole some prized bromeliad specimens. The French name refers to a specimen which was stolen:

'The original plant was stolen from London's Kew Gardens (hence the generic name) and turned up in the private palm-house of amateur horticulturist August Borsig of Berlin. (He owned an ironworks factory and used the heat produced to keep his glasshouses warm.)' source: storywww.curioustaxonomy.net/misc/stories.html

The vivid orange trunk and black spines make this a gorgeous statement in the garden. Ours grows in a slightly shaded entry protected from wind and cold. It's surprising it isn't more common in Florida gardens.


Positive

On Jun 10, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Seychelles palm with enormous undividied leaves (except what wind damage does- which is actually the norm). Leaves up to 8' long and deep emerald green, though the new leaves are a deep maroon. It is a monoecious palm that is very cold sensitive. It is similar in appearance to a Pelagodoxa, only with more color (more oranges and yellows in petioles and stems). Grows up to 50' in large stands on the islands. Best as a single specimen in the landscape rather than a group, though.

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