Snowflake Aralia, Snowflake Plant 'Micholitzii'

Trevesia palmata

Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Trevesia (tre-VES-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: palmata (pahl-MAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Micholitzii




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


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

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Hayward, California

Simi Valley, California

Upland, California

Tolland, Connecticut

Loxahatchee, Florida

Hana, Hawaii

Knoxville, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 5, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Said to be fairly drought tolerant, but best with occasional to regular irrigation in arid subtropical to tropical climates.

Leaves are covered with a silvery-white-gray down when they first emerge. In time, the down is shed and the leaves turn a glossy dark green. In this cultivar, the leaves remain downy for longer than in the species.


On Oct 16, 2013, SirThaddeus from Knoxville, TN wrote:

I believe I have the sanderii. I've owned all 3 specimens in the past 30 years.
My current plant is ~ 30 years old. It is in a 18" (inside dia.) pot.
It can dry out "dry as a bone". Starts drooping slightly. I frequently will pick up this dry pot so I can turn it in another direction before watering. It's always been in a North picture window in CT. or a smaller window in Knoxville. The plant CAN take cold. It would sit in the CT window at ~ 45-55 degree temps. Oil heat is expensive in CT.
I have propagated it numerous times from air-layering (at times 2 at the same time from the same plant).
I have cut it down to ground zero numerous times when it gets too tall (~12' in my CT home).
Most people coming into my home assume it is a phoney plant s... read more


On Jun 23, 2010, Galileo from Simi Valley, CA wrote:

I have mine indoors. It gets about 2 hours of direct sunlight in the morning and another 45 min of semi-direct in the evening. Seems to be loving that spot, since I brought it home it's produced 3 new growths and continues with fast growth. I have it in a large container and keep moist continuously, well drained. Some occasional misting seems to keep it happy.


On Jan 7, 2008, einaudi from Hana, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

I am wild about the leaves, but negative about it's growth rate! I planted my Trevesia two years ago when it's trunk was 6" high. It is now 8" high! Can't blame the climate, because Hana's climate is not dramatically different from Trevesia's native habitat in Sumatra and Borneo.


On Jun 25, 2006, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

A more ornate Fatsia japonica in a certain way. Branches very little with exotically cut leaves. Surprisingly cold hardy,mine has taken below freezing with little to no damage.Slow growing at first, then picks up speed. From the mountains of Vietnam i read someplace. Choice exotic.