Planting a Foxtail Palm

Planting a Foxtail Palm

The Foxtail Palm, Wodyetia bifurcata, is one of my favorite palms. It has a nice full look and it is “self cleaning” so you do not have to try to trim off brown fronds because they simply fall to the ground. If you look at the part of the palm where the trunk meets the leaves you will see an area called the “crownshaft”. This crownshaft is essentially an extension of the leaf that wraps around the trunk where it is attached, so when the leaf dies it essentially lets go of the trunk and falls off. Less pruning equals less work! The green crownshaft of foxtail palms is very attractive and helps make them easy to identify. While most palms with these distinctive crownshafts are very tropical, the foxtail palm does well in central Florida and can tolerate occasionally cool temperatures.… Read Full Post
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