Rhopalostylis sapida
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Rhopalostylis sapida

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Common name: Chatham Island Nīkau Palm
Special Notes: The Nīkau Palm is endemic to New Zealand, and is the only palm found on the island. This form is from Chatham Island. A very distinctive palm, it has a stiff, upright leaf arrangement (feather duster-like). Grows to about 30' in height and has a very pronounced bulge at the base of the crowns. This is the southernmost naturally occurring palm in the world. Best protected from high winds.

Family: Arecaceae
Native to: New Zealand (Chatham Island)
Form: Palm
Size: To 30’ high, fan spread up to 10’
Flowers: Slow to mature; large inflorescence of pink flowers
Light: Part to full shade
Water: Moderate water
Hardiness: Cold tolerant to 30°F
Soil: Well-draining soil