Palms and cycads
These Southeast Asian natives are feather palms with huge, finely divided leaves made up of leaflets flattened and split at tips like fish tails. Plant in humus-rich soil that provides good drainage. Individual trunks die after flowering, which may not occur for 20 to 25 years.
Slow grower to 10–40 ft. tall, spreading to 10–22 ft. Basal offshoots eventually form clustered trunks. Foliage is light green. Very tender; thrives only in ideal environments.
Southeast Asia. Will probably reach 25 ft. and spread half as wide. Medium dark green leaves. It has survived to 26°F/–3°C.Caryota urens
Handsome single-stemmed palm grows to 50 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide in Southern California. A hardy, high-mountain selection, it is reported to withstand 20°F/–7°C once established. Arching, dark green leaves. Avoid handling fruit with bare hands; invisible crystals can cause severe itching.
Shrub or tree. Native to Hawaii, and the official state flower there. Plant grows to 8–15 ft. ta...
Native to Florida and the Caribbean, this plant is grown as an annual in Zones 22 and 23. It resembles...
Native to Hawaii; widespread in the Pacific Islands and China. There are many forms of this plant, fro...