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Howea forsteriana (photo courtesy of Black Diamond Images)
Howea forsteriana (photo courtesy of Black Diamond Images)

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Zones 17, 21-24, H1, H2
Partial Sun
Partial
Regular Water
Moderate

Howea forsteriana

Paradise Palm

Palms and cycads

HOWEA

These feather palms are native to Lord Howe Island in the South Pacific. Slow growing, they reach full height in the tropics but only perhaps half as tall in California, where they are typically planted under other trees for frost protection. With age, finely divided leaves drop to show a clean, green trunk ringed with leaf scars. These are the kentia palms of florists’ shops (usually sold there under the name “kentia”) and make ideal potted plants—the classic parlor palms. To minimize spider mite problems, keep fronds clean and dust free. Indoor plants withstand drafts and some watering neglect.

Howea forsteriana

Grows to 60 ft. tall and 20 ft. wide, with leaves to 9 ft. long; leaflets are long and drooping.

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