Rhapidophyllum hystrix/Needle Palm

Rhapidophyllum hystrix / Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Large specimen growing in Hammond, LA
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Large specimen growing in Hammond, LA

This is a very tough and coldy hardy palm

Heavy brown base and large palmetto-like fronds

Long wicked spines formed around the base of this palm

Blends nicely in a naturalistic setting

Close-up image of fronds showing the silvery cast on the back side of the fronds

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Scientific Name: Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Common Name: Needle Palm
Plant Type: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: The needle palm is quite cold hardy to zero degrees F. This palm produces 4-10" spines on the trunk. It does not have a typical palm trunk but the crown elongates and produces a big crown of fan-shaped fronds and become thicketlike where conditions are favorable. Suckering is common around the base of a well established specimen. This palm tolerates a wide range of growing conditions related to soils and light exposure.