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Rhapis excelsa

Bamboo palm

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height1.5m to 3.5m
  • Spread1.5m to 3m
  • Growth HabitOval palm-like
  • Flower ColourCream
  • Leaf ColourLight mid green

Description

Rhapis excelsa (Bamboo palm). This palm will form a dense clump about 4.5m tall. The leaves are light to rich green and divide into 5 to 8 stiff, finger-like segments. The flowers are tiny, bowl-shaped and creamy, produced in dense spikes in the summer.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Tree

Origin

S China, Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage and overall appearance.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Rich
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are frost-tender palms which are often grown in tubs, as ornamental clumps. They will need some shade and rich, moist soil.

Propagation

Seed, suckers or division in spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Is susceptible to red spider mite.

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