Pritchardia Species, Fiji Fan Palm

Pritchardia pacifica

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pritchardia (pritch-AR-dee-uh) (Info)
Species: pacifica (pa-SIF-ik-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Pritchardia pacifica var. marquisensis
Synonym:Pritchardia pacifica var. samoensis
Synonym:Styloma pacifica
Synonym:Washingtonia pacifica
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Water Requirements:

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

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


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20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


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USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

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Propagation Methods:

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

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Big Pine Key, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Miami, Florida

Naples, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Ainaloa, Hawaii

Hana, Hawaii

Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii

Leilani Estates, Hawaii

Nanawale Estates, Hawaii

Pahoa, Hawaii

Berlin, Maryland

ST JOHN, Mississippi

St John, Virgin Islands

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 3, 2021, Chinandega81 from Miami, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Fortunately Lethal Yellowing has gone away from South Florida for the time this uncommon palm in our area does well if it can be provided a sheltered location away from cold winter winds....but in full sun. It grows fast, so if the fronds spot from cool winter temps, it outgrows them by summer. It can look ragged half the year but great the other half.

There is a similar variety, thrustoni, that grows slower but takes the cold better and I would recommend that one for South Florida before the pacifica variety.


On Apr 2, 2019, Kell from (Zone 9b) wrote:

Per Irene Ngoo at Min's Garden @tropicaljungle in Singapore:
"This stunning Fiji Fan Palm (Pritchardia pacifica) brings a touch of pacific resort feel to my tropical jungle. A native to Tonga, it has large flat stiff rounded leaves, which were traditionally used as fans for the chiefs of the village. This palm can reach a height of 5-10 metres, making a fabulous fan display"


On Oct 30, 2009, drc605 from Berlin, MD wrote:

i am growing these from seeds here in ocean city Md.
very easy to germinate;[


On Oct 8, 2007, billowen from Port Charlotte, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I have one these beautiful palms I planted in Dec. 06, picked it up in the Fl Keys cheap. It's growing like a weed and is a vivid bright green color, I may have to protect from the cold this winter.


On Feb 28, 2005, jungleboy_fl from Naples, FL wrote:

Pritchardia pacifica evokes a true sense of the tropics- it's hard not to think of Hawaii, or other South Pacific locales when gazing upon this palm. It appears to grow well in the southern half of Florida, as long as it is grown relatively close to the coast. The interior portions of South Florida are likely to be too cold. Having said this, there is a matter of serious concern when choosing this gorgeous palm for the landscape. This palm is extremely susceptible to PLY, or "Lethal Yellow" which is so prevalent in Florida. This disease is apparently on the rise again, so you would most definitely be taking a chance in planting one. In fact, according to sources with the University of FL, susceptible species from Miami Dade as well as Monroe and Broward counties should not be planted... read more


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

This palm can survive Southern Ca, but not at the coast, and not too far inland. 8 - 20 miles away from the caost and you could have this palm survive, although you would have to wait double the time ot have it survive. In Fallbrook, one of these palms is surviving well.


On Jun 15, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the most beautiful Pritchardia species with large, nearly round, barely split, flat fan leaves with many leaves held in the crown. You can see these trees all over the Hawaiian public landscaping. This species is particularly tolerant of salty soils, making it an excellent choice for planting along the coasts in the tropics. You won't see any in southern California, though, as it is too tropical a species for us here. Too bad.

A lot of confusing exist in telling this species from another common non-Hawaiian palm, P thurstonii. The latter is a bit smaller in the leaf, a tad less 'perfect' looking, and has very long inflorescences that hang down like pompoms (often cut off by gardners), while the inflorescences in this palm, though similar in shape, are on ... read more