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Archontophoenix alexandrae - Alexandra or Alexander Palm


Archontophoenix alexandrae - Alexandra or Alexander Palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae - Alexandra or Alexander Palm)

This is a very common palm here in San Diego, CA. I started this tree for a seed about 8 or 9 years ago. It's 25' (7.6 m) tall and is still a baby and enjoying the 80ºF (27ºC) weather today. This northern Queensland, Australian native can grow to more than 70' (21 m) tall in time. Photo taken Feb. 2, 2015.



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All of the Archontophoenix species are great looking palms. I stick with the hardiest, A.cunninghamiana as safest long term..but the more tender Alex palm or the purple crownshafted Alex palm are tempting.
Although, the last 2-3 years is tempting me out of my comfort zone. Like with the Crotons...

16 Feb, 2015

 

Even though, A. alexandrae is a 10B hardy palm. I think it would do well in the more mild areas of the Bay Area, like Hayward. It just needs a little more protection when the colder than average temps visit.

17 Feb, 2015



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