This fine cultivar was discovered in the northernmost part of New Zealand in 1917 by Captain Edward John Keatley, a high ranking sea captain with an interest in the natural world. It has larger needle-like leaves than most tea trees and exceptionally large single pale pink blooms. It originates from New Zealand where it grows in a wide range of areas from peaty bogs to coastal and montane regions. So, it is surprisingly adaptable, especially to arid sites and soils.
This rugged small tree develops...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Grand Licuala Palm, Ruffled Fan Palm)
Ruffled fan palm is perhaps one of the most interesting and elegant of all small palms. Its glossy, pleated, fan-like fronds are fantastic as are its drooping cluster of red fruits that mature late in the season. This evergreen, frost-tender palm is native to the wet, humid rainforests of the Republic of Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands east of Australia. It's a small understory palm that’s ideal for small, tropical landscapes as well as interiorscapes.
Atop the thin, fiber covered trunk of this...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Australian Fan Palm, Mission Beach Fan Palm, Ramsay's Licuala Palm)
The bold, glorious fronds of Australian fan palm are segmented like giant light green pinwheels. This spectacular tall palm is adapted to humid, wet, tropical, landscapes. In fact, it is highly sensitive to drought or dry air. In its native home of northeastern Queensland, Australia it naturally inhabits low, swampy rainforests.
A large, spreading canopy, consisting of ten to twelve fronds, rests atop the long, white trunk of this palm. Long leaf stems (petioles) armed with teeth support massive,...
(Mangrove Fan Palm, Spiny Fan Palm, Spiny Licuala Palm)
Spiny fan palm is a stately, clump-forming palm tree with beautiful rounded, pleated fronds. Each is supported by a long petiole lined with many black teeth. This frost-tender evergreen is native to Southeast Asia, from the Andaman Islands near Sri Lanka eastward to the Philippines. For good health it requires lots of water. In fact, another of its common names is the mangrove fan palm.
The multiple trunks of this palm are lined with a mesh of brown fibers. Each is crowned with many graceful...
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(Fountain Palm, Ribbon Palm)
Prized for its immense, finely cut leaves with dangling, ribbon-like leaflets, this medium-sized, single-trunked palm from coastal Queensland is also noteworthy for its cold-hardiness.
The huge, deep green to blue-green, evergreen fronds are divided into 70 to 80 long, lance-shaped segments, that radiate like the spokes of an umbrella. The leaflets are themselves divided into long segments that weep toward their tips, creating a cascading effect. Thirty-five to sixty fronds are borne atop...
(Mataranka Fan Palm)
Stately and picturesque, this medium to large, single-trunked fan-palm is native to a small area of northwestern Australia. Some botanists consider it a subspecies of Livistona mariae.
The gray-green, evergreen fronds are divided into numerous long, rigid or semi-pendulous, lance-shaped segments, that radiate like the spokes of an umbrella. The leaflets are themselves divided toward the tip. Young plants often have stiff, red-tinted leaflets. About 40 fronds are borne atop the trunk...
(Footstool Palm, Roundleaf Fountain Palm)
Noted for its bold rounded evergreen leaves, this medium-sized, single-trunked fan-palm is native to Southeast Asia and New Guinea.
The large, emerald-green, circular fronds are edged with numerous rigid to arching, pointed lobes. Young plants have relatively shallow-lobed leaves; older plants have more deeply divided leaves with long lance-shaped segments that radiate like the spokes of an umbrella. More than 30 fronds are borne atop the trunk on long stalks ("petioles"), forming an open, spherical...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Serdang, Taraw Palm)
A tall palm with bold fan-shaped leaves and a straight solitary trunk, this Southeast Asian native is both highly ornamental and remarkably frost-hardy.
The large, rich green, evergreen fronds are cleft into numerous arching, lance-shaped segments, that radiate like the spokes of an umbrella. More than 30 fronds are borne atop the trunk on long stalks ("petioles"), forming an open, domed crown. The petioles are edged with long vicious fang-like prickles. A "skirt" of hanging older leaves sometimes...