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Last Update 08/28/10
Plant of the Month

 Wodyetia bifurcata

 Foxtail Palm

The Foxtail Palm is an exotic and newly popular Australian palm species. It is suitable for moist sub-tropical and tropical climates. Of the tribe Arecceae, and subfamily Arecoideae it is also known by the botanic name Wodyetia bifurcata. Foxtail Palms are native to the Northern Australia.

Foxtail Palms, click image to enlarge
Foxtail Palms make excellent landscape plants. Click image to enlarge.

 

 

Foxtail Palm. Click image to enlarge.
Foxtail Palm.
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Foxtail Palm canopy. Click to enlarge.
Foxtail Palm canopy. Click image to enlarge.

Foxtail Palm Frond. Click image to enlarge.
Foxtail Palm frond. Click image to enlarge.

Foxtail Palm trunk. Click image to enlarge.
Foxtail Palm trunk. Click image to enlarge.

 

Plant Facts:

Common Name:  Foxtail Palm

Botanical Name:  Wodyetia bifurcata

Subfamily:  Arecoideae

Plant Type:  Slender gray solitary palm tree.

Origin: Northern Australia

Zones: 10 - 11

Height:  30'

Rate of Growth: Fast

Salt Tolerance: Moderate

Soil Requirements:  Widely adaptable

Water Requirements: Moderate drought tolerance

Nutritional Requirements:   Moderate

Light Requirements: Moderate, High

Form:  Solitary.  Canopy of 8-10 leaves.

Leaves:  Pinnately compound, reduplicate, arching; several hundred fishtail leaflets attached in several ranks.

Inflorescence: Branched, born below the crownshaft.

Fruits:  Red

Pests or diseases:  None

Uses:  Specimen tree

Bad Habits: None

Cost:  $$ - $$$ -- reasonable to expensive

Propagation:   Seed, germinates in 2-3 months.

Source:  Betrocks Guide to Landscape Palms; AMERICAN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY A-Z ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GARDEN PLANTS

 

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