NZ Palms, Cycads and Subtropical Plants

Description

A popular palm lookalike, the Ponytail Palm is usually sold as a small pot plant.  Older plants can grow remarkable large with towering specimens occasionally seen in gardens in warmer parts of the country.

 

Origin

Mexico.

 

Form and size

Solitary, often branching with age.  Eventually to over 3m (8m in the right climate) with a massive, swollen base.  Not a palm but a member of the lily family.

 

Preferred habitat

Outdoors in full sun.  Grows well in most coastal and temperate areas of the North Island.

Beaucarnea recurvata

Ponytail Palm

Growth rate

 Slow

Outdoors

 Yes

Indoors

 Yes (well-lit position)

Wind

 Good tolerance

Sea winds

 Good tolerance

Sun

 Excellent tolerance

Dryness

 Excellent tolerance

Frost

 To -2°C

Beaucarnea recurvata, 
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