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Arenga engleri /Sugar Palm, Formosan Palm

Arenga engleri  / Arenga engleri
Large arching fronds
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Large arching fronds

Young palm

Palm frond

Close view of frond

Dense mass of fronds

Mature specimen

Fronds and red fruit

Specimen plant in fruit growing in a southern California botanical garden

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Scientific Name: Arenga engleri
Common Name: Sugar Palm, Formosan Palm
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
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Comments: This palm is grown for its attractive foliage. However, the flowers are reported to be fragrant and attract butterflies and other insects. It can withstand droughts quite well.