Wax Palm

Ceroxylon ventricosum

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ceroxylon (ser-oh-ZY-lon) (Info)
Species: ventricosum (ven-tre-KO-sum) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Palms

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Evergreen

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 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:

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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:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Thousand Oaks, California

Ventura, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Aug 12, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the tallest trees in the world growing well over 150' in it's native Andes. Turns out to be a pretty good palm to grow in Southern California, too, as long as you can protect it from intense heat. It develops a huge, slick, waxy pure white ringed trunk that is just incredible to see in person. THere is a couple huge ones growing in Ventura California planted about 20 years ago that are now picking up speed and getting pretty tall (still under 50' though). Leaves on this species tend to be upright, rarely existing at the horizontal plane or below until plant is quite tall. Slow as a seedling, I have had one in the ground for years (7) and though I haven't seen it recently, I am sure it is still a long way from even making a trunk. But it grows steadily and hasn't had a... read more

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