While it is able to get to 50′ with a 10 to 12′ spread, it is a very slow grower. It has a single straight trunk with large 6′ leaves that droop at their tips. The petioles have very sharp thorns. Inconspicuous flowers are hidden among the leaves and are followed by small, blue-black, olive-like fruits.
Pronunciation: liv-iss-TOH-nuh chi-NEN-sis
Species Meaning: Of or from China
Livistona chinensis is native to China.
Not particular about soil. Develops a large tap root that makes it able to withstand drought. While it does best in full sun, young plants should be partially shaded and given ample moisture. The sun requirement is probably not a problem for us here on the coast. However, it is said to not be salt tolerant, so we will have to see how well it performs.
It is a baby at the moment, but interested to measure its growth rate.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20183
It is currently in the greenhouse being babied for its first winter.
We acquired this plant from Hirts.