Carol Cloud Bailey
The relatively short stature of this popular palm make it ideal for smaller landscapes and interiorscapes. Cat palm originates from southeastern Mexico where it naturally can be found growing in the damp forest understory and along moist stream sides. Plants tend to sucker and eventually form concentrated, dense clumps. Most cat palms are sold as container foliage plants for the houseplant market.
This attractive clump-forming palm produces green, elegantly arching, pinnately compound fronds....
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Neanthe Bella Palm, Parlor Palm, Table Top Palm)
The elegant parlor palm is a small evergreen palm that’s a favorite for interiorscape as well as tropical and subtropical landscapes. It is native to the rainforests of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, but sadly it’s rare in the wild due to deforestation and over-collecting.
The pinnate fronds of this palm are light to medium green and, or feather-like, with narrow leaflets. They are held upright but gracefully arch downwards. In the warmth of late spring, tiny yellow flowers are borne on a branched...
Like many other Chamaedorea, sangapilla palm is a favorite shade-tolerant palm for indoor container culture as well as tropical landscapes. A native of Peru, this small, clump-forming, evergreen palm naturally exists on the understory of low and mid-level rainforests, so it is adapted to lower light and high heat and humidity.
The dark green leaves of sangapilla palm are forked like a fish tail at their tips. When conditions are favorable, mature specimens produce fragrant orange...
This small rainforest palm is near extinction in the region of southern Mexico where it’s native. It is a very popular interior specimen and or tropical landscape plant. Often known as metallica palm or dwarf fishtail palm, Chamaedorea metallica is a solitary plant with one slender dark green trunk ringed with leaf scars, though it is often planted in clusters.
Its unusual pinnate leaves look like a large, pleated fishtail and have an opalescent, metallic sheen. They are usually grouped...
This bamboo palm originates from the New World tropics, primarily Mexico and Central America. Chamaedorea pochutlensis is found in the Sierra Madre Mountains and northwestern Mexico. It is a clustering species noted for its beautiful form and gracefully arching fronds. This bamboo palm is either grown as a tropical landscape plant or house and interiorscape specimen.
The attractive leaves of this bamboo palm are pinnate, or feather-like, and have an even number of leaflets. They are...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The airy, upright reed palm is a graceful, easy to grow and thrives in low light conditions. It remains short and manageable and forms suckering clumps of palm canes. Native populations exist from southeastern Mexico to Honduras and naturally inhabit the understory of moist, forested areas. It has been introduced to southern Florida where it tends to be found in disturbed forested areas.
Ferny, pinnately compound leaves of rich green crown this graceful palm year round. In summer, mature...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(European Fan Palm, Mediterranean Fan Palm)
European fan palm has large, rounded, palmate leaves that are deeply divided and sit atop long, sharply toothed petioles. Foliage is either green or blue-green on top and has silver-green undersides. Its trunk(s) is clothed in a sheath of fibers and old leaf bases. In summer, these palms bear bright yellow flowers that rise from short stalks among the leaves. These are followed by ovoid brown to yellow fruit.
European fan palm requires well drained soils and can tolerate partial shade, but prefers...
The Coccothrinax genus of thatch palms includes no more than 50 species of small palms with circular leaves that, when dried, make good thatch for roofs. The genus name means "Thrinax berry", referring to the plant resembling and having fruits much like that of palms in the genus Thrinax. Coccothrinax species are native to sunny, sandy-soil habitats across the Caribbean, including Mexico's Yucatan to southernmost Florida. All are quite slow-growing.
Most species develop...
(Hispaniola Silver Thatch Palm, Silver Palm)
A graceful palm with its tall, star-shaped canopy of deeply cut leaves, the Hispaniola silver thatch palm flashes its silvery leaf undersides in the breeze. This evergreen, slow-growing palm is native to the grasslands and pine forests on the island of Hispaniola in the central Caribbean. It is sometimes called the Dominican silver thatch palm. It usually grows as a single-trunk plant, and is among the tallest growing species in the Coccothrinax genus.
The leaves are borne on fairly...
(Barbados Silver Palm, Silver Palm, Thatch Palm)
The Barbados silver palm is one of the tallest and fastest growing silver thatch palm species. It also produces so many seeds that you often seen this normally solitary-trunk palm in a cluster of variously sized plants at its base. This evergreen palm is native to the coastal scrublands in Barbados, Trinidad, Tobago and northern Venezuela. No matter how tall this palm gets, the trunk never seems to get wider than 6 inches (15 cm). Aerial roots often rise from the trunk base.
The leaves are borne...