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Cocos nucifera/Coconut Palm

Cocos nucifera / Cocos nucifera
Coconuts clusters next to crown of palm
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Coconuts clusters next to crown of palm

Coconut palm tree with coconuts attached below the fronds

Young coconuts in green husks

A towering crown in Mexico

Close up image of a pair of coconuts

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Scientific Name: Cocos nucifera
Common Name: Coconut Palm
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Fruit present: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Green, Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Palms and Palm-like Plants
Trees, Fruiting
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: This is the coconut of commerce. Subject to a virus, causing the disease yellowing and to larvae of a beetle and lepidoptera eats the leaves. A variety resistant to yellows, Maypan, has been introduced. This is the well-known seashore palm found along tropical shores throughout the world. Can be used as a street tree in tropical climates. Crown is topped with long, graceful pinnate fronds.