The Foxtail Palm Tree
The Foxtail Palm Tree, also botanically known as Wodyetia bifurcate has a full, dark-green appearance. The Foxtail Palm Tree is the most commonly used palm tree in the Southern United States. This palm tree is sure to delight any palm tree lover.
Prior to its discovery in 1984, the Foxtail Palm Tree, an Australian native, could only be found in a very remote area of Queensland. Once discovered, growers began smuggling the seeds of this rare palm tree out of Australia. In 1995, laws were passed making the exporting of Foxtail palm trees and seeds legal. Foxtail palms are usually grown in a tropical climate and can reach a height of approximately 30’.
The Foxtail palm tree is of medium stature and has a smooth, self-cleaning trunk and feather-like fronds. The Foxtail grows quite quickly and is extremely adaptable. Although the Foxtail is best grown in sunny, open areas, it is the perfect palm tree as it can grow in both sun and shade.
The Foxtail Palm is very durable and adaptable to many environments. Discovered growing in an open woodland rainforest, on eroded granite slopes reaching as high as 1300 feet. With a very deep root system the Foxtail can withstand a great variance in water and temperature. It is moderately salt tolerant and grows well in a variety of soils but good drainage is a must. It loves sun, even at an early age. It can tolerate light frost and does well in temperate to tropical climates. Prolonged hot dry winds can cause damage to the fronds. The root system allows planting near walkways or structures. A fast grower - the Foxtail can grow as much as three feet per year. There are no major pest problems. Foxtail Palms Love Hot Humid Air. Correctly space each Foxtail palm tree to make sure they grow correctly and with out any defect. Another great spect of the Foxtail palm is there ability to self shed. Each dying branch of the foxtail palm will eventually shed off leaving you with a clean beautiful looking palm tree.
Foxtail palms are exceptionally hardy and easy to grow. They tolerate a wide variety of well drained soils, including alkaline limestone soils and rocky sands. Regular fertilization with palm fertilizer, and regular watering result in rapid growth. Fertilizer for foxtail palm should have ample amounts of micronutrients and slow release potassium. Foxtail palms may develop potassium deficiency in potassium deficient soils. The foxtail growth rate has been documented to be 2-3 ft (0.6-0.9 m)/year under good conditions. Foxtail palms tolerate light frost, rarely attract pests and disease, and are resistant to lethal yellowing. Foxtail Palms are usually planted in single stem, double stem and triple stem. You can also request quad stem. Any of these types of Foxtail Palm will make any setting stand out with beauty.
Foxtail palm grows naturally amongst rocks and boulders in northeastern Australia, specifically in northeastern Queensland, in the Melville Range, near Bathurst Bay on the Cape York Peninsula. This is a very limited distribution and foxtail palm is listed as a Threatened Species in Australia. Foxtail palm grows in loose, sandy, granitic soils among enormous granite boulders. The climate in this area of Australia is tropical with a prolonged dry season. Foxtail palm has recently become a very popular ornamental in the southern parts of Florida, California and Texas.
The Foxtail Palm
Growing in a remote area of northeastern Australia, Wodyetia bifurcata was unknown to professional botanists until an Aboriginal man named Wodyeti shared his knowledge of its existence in 1978. In the years that followed, the enormous demand of palm enthusiasts eager to purchase specimens of this newly-described monotypic genus fueled illegal collection of wild plants and seeds and nearly decimated populations of Wodyetia bifurcata. Legal propagation and sale of Wodyetia bifurcata by commercial nurseries eventually cooled demand for wild-collected plants. Though wild populations are still considered vulnerable, Wodyetia bifurcata is now one of the world’s most popular landscape palms.
Article by Floridata on 01.22.10
The Foxtail Palm
Foxtail palm is considered by palm enthusiasts and landscapers to be a useful accent in a wide spectrum of landscape settings. It is prized for its robust trunk and its unique bushy leaves. Foxtail palm may be used alone as an accent specimen and may also be planted in groups of three or more for a stunning massed effect. Foxtails are being planted in rows along streets and driveways. Foxtail palm is also grown as a house or conservatory plant in well lit areas. Foxtail palm can be used effectively as a patio or deck plant in a large pot or tub. Plant foxtail palm outdoors in a site that can accommodate the large spread of leaves (15-20 ft (4.6-6.1 m) average landscape size). Foxtail palm may be planted in areas having strong winds and moderate amounts of salt spray.
Article by Floridata on 01.23.10
The Foxtail Palm
The foxtail palm was not even known to botanists until 1983 and is now listed as a Threatened Species in Australia. It was first introduced to the American horticultural trade in 1995. Wodyetia bifurcata is the only plant in the genus, which was named in honor of Wodyeti, an Australian Aboriginal bushman who was the last male in his line of Melville Range Aborigines. Wodyeti had a vast traditional knowledge of the foxtail palm's natural habitat. The species name, bifurcata, comes from the Latin, meaning twice forked which is in reference to the unique shape of both the fruit and the fish-tailed leaflets.
The ripen red fruit of the foxtail palm contains one textures seed that can be up to 2 inches in length.
The seeds appear to be fibrous and can be up to 2 inches in length. Germination occurs in 1 to 2 months.
The Foxtail Palm is a fast growin palm. This is a picutre of a baby Foxtail Palm about 3-6 months after germination.
Palm Tree Facts
- Common Name: Foxtail Palm
- Botanical Name: Wodyetia bifurcata
- Subfamily: Arecoideae
- Plant Type: Slender gray solitary palm tree
- Origin: Northern Australia
- Zones: 10 - 11
- Height: 30'
- Rate of Growth: Fast
- Salt Tolerance: Moderate
- Water Requirements: Moderate drought tolerance
- Nutritional Requirements: Moderate
- Light Requirements: Moderate, High
- Form: Solitary. Canopy of 8-10 leaves.
- Leaves: Pinnately compound, reduplicate, arching; several hundred fishtail leaflets attached in several ranks.
- Inflorescence: Branched, born below the crownshaft.
- Fruits: Red
- Pests or diseases: None
- Uses: Specimen tree
- Propagation: Seed, germinates in 2-3 months
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The Foxtail palm tree is native to Northern Australia and is characteristic of having a single thin gray trunk compared to other palm trees with more than one trunk. These palm trees grow up to 30 feet tall and have feathery looking light green fronds. A foxtail palm thrives in warmer, dryer climates. Caring for one of these palm trees is relatively easy with just a few simple steps to remember. Foxtail Palms make for a great addition to any tropical area and can also be used in other northern states if proper care is taken for protection during winter.
Instructions for Fox Tail Palms
Maintain a healthy soil for the Foxtail palm tree to grow in. Use a nitrogen based fertilizer with magnesium, potassium, iron and copper sulfates added. Fertilizer provides the needed nutrients that are often leached out of the sandy, well drained soil that Foxtail palms trees grow in. Fertilize once or twice a year. Do not over fertilize the Foxtail Palm.
Water slowly and infrequently. Provide sufficient water by using a slow drip system or a water bubble. Water over an extended time providing a thorough, deep watering. Do not drench or water too often. Water twice a month during the summer and once every 6 weeks during winter months.
Prune old, brown fronds to keep the tree esthetically pleasing. Prune only dead fronds from the Foxtail Palm. Cut about 6 inches from the trunk of the tree. Be careful not to cut too close to the trunk. Any cuts or nicks in the Foxtail Palm trunk can create an entryway for insects and disease.
There are many places you can plant a foxtail palm tree and still have the same result as if a professional landscape architect designed it. The foxtail palm would only do well in zones 10 and 11. From experience, foxtail palms look great when placed on the corners of houses. They also look great and will compliment your house, if planted in front of the house as an individual palm, or as a multi-headed palm. Another residential landscape design would be to place a triple headed foxtail palm tree in the center of a large window, along with some shrubs and perennials. A row of foxtail palms spaced about 5-8 feet, along the side of the drive way would also be a nice way to add appeal to your home. With out excluding the back yard, infinite of possibilities arise. You may place 3 to 5 foxtail palms along the pool. A row of foxtail palms along side of a fence or wall spaced accordingly would also give you the feel of a tropical oasis. An outdoor business landscape design would be to place foxtail palm trees in a line, either in a bed added to the side walk or in the ground, as part of the side walk. You would then provide a 2' to 3' buffer area for the mulch or other small plants. These are just a few design tips for you to implement.
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