LIVISTONA

FAMILY: Arecaceae

TYPE
  • Trees
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

These slow-growing fan palms somewhat resemble Washingtonia but generally have shorter, darker, shinier leaves. They are generally hardy to about 22F. All make good potted plants.

L. australis. AUSTRALIAN FAN PALM. From coastal forest of eastern Australia. To 4050 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide. Trunk is clean and slender, marked with interesting-looking leaf scars. Dark green, 3- to 5-ft.-wide leaves.

L. chinensis. CHINESE FAN PALM, CHINESE FOUNTAIN PALM. Zones LS, CS, TS; USDA 8-11. From Japan, Taiwan. Very slow growing; eventually reaches 40 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide. Roundish, bright green, 3- to 6-ft.-wide leaves droop strongly at outer edges. Hardy to about 15F.

L. decipiens. WEEPING FAN PALM. From northeastern Australia. To 3040 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide in 20 years. Stiff, open head of leaves that are green on top, bluish beneath, 25 ft. across; leaves are carried on long, spiny stems.

L. mariae. BRONZE FAN PALM. From hot, dry, interior Australia. To 1015 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide after many years (ultimately may reach 80 or even 100 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide). Leaves 34 ft. wide. Young plants and those grown in containers have attractive reddish leaves and leaf stems. Little to moderate water.

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