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Wodyetia bifurcata (Foxtail palm)

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2 hours care
per year
15m
Max height
5m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Wodyetia bifurcata

Other names

Foxtail palm

Genus

Ravenea Ravenea

Species

W. bifurcata - W. bifurcata is a tall, tender, vigorous palm with a sturdy trunk, thickened at the base, topped with long, pinnate, broadly lance-shaped leaves divided into numerous linear to narrowly lance-shaped, mid- to dark green leaflets, fringed at the tip, and panicles of cup-shaped, white to pale yellow flowers in summer. Flowers are followed by spherical to ovoid, orange-red fruit.


Wodyetia bifurcata is: Evergreen

Habit

Single stemmed palm, cycad or tree, Upright

Toxicity

Seeds are poisonous if ingested.

Flower

Pale-yellow, White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Mealybugs , Scale insects Glasshouse red spider mite , Mealybugs , Scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

No pruning required. Remove spent foliage if desired.

Propagation

Sow seed at 19 to 24 °C in spring.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Wodyetia bifurcata (Foxtail palm) will reach a height of 15m and a spread of 5m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Conservatory, Containers, Greenhouse, Indoor, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Grow under glass in loam-based compost in full light & high humidity with shade from hot sun. In growth, water freely and feed monthly; water moderately in winter. Outdoors in frost-free areas, grow in fertile, well-drained, preferably neutral to slightly acid soil in full sun. Water occasionally in dry weather.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Wodyetia bifurcata

Other names

Foxtail palm

Genus

Ravenea Ravenea

Species

W. bifurcata - W. bifurcata is a tall, tender, vigorous palm with a sturdy trunk, thickened at the base, topped with long, pinnate, broadly lance-shaped leaves divided into numerous linear to narrowly lance-shaped, mid- to dark green leaflets, fringed at the tip, and panicles of cup-shaped, white to pale yellow flowers in summer. Flowers are followed by spherical to ovoid, orange-red fruit.

Native to

Australia

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Single stemmed palm, cycad or tree, Upright

Toxicity

Seeds are poisonous if ingested.


Colour

Flower

Pale-yellow, White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Mealybugs , Scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

No pruning required. Remove spent foliage if desired.

Propagation

Sow seed at 19 to 24 °C in spring.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Wodyetia bifurcata (Foxtail palm) will reach a height of 15m and a spread of 5m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Conservatory, Containers, Greenhouse, Indoor, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Grow under glass in loam-based compost in full light & high humidity with shade from hot sun. In growth, water freely and feed monthly; water moderately in winter. Outdoors in frost-free areas, grow in fertile, well-drained, preferably neutral to slightly acid soil in full sun. Water occasionally in dry weather.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 12, Zone 11, Zone 10

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