COCONUT PALM

FAMILY: Arecaceae | GENUS: COCOS nucifera

TYPE
  • Trees
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

The coconut palm is both an economically valuable plant and a handsome ornamental, but it is hardy only in south Florida. Can grow to 80 feet or more but is usually much shorter, with a leaning or curving trunk and a crown of feathery, 20 feet fronds. Flowers are not notable, but the fruit is the coconut of commerce. Sprouted coconuts are seen fairly often in large pots or tubs; such plants are attractive until they grow too large. Grows best near the shore.

Landscape use is limited by the risk that falling coconuts pose to passersby and by a potentially fatal plant disease, lethal yellows. For home gardens, dwarf forms such as 10 feet 'Nino' are the wisest choice.

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