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Florida Thatch Palm

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Florida Thatch Palm

  • Common Name: Florida Thatch Palm (other common names: Thrinax Species, Broad Thatch Palm, Sea Thatch Palm, Silk-Top Thatch Palm)
  • Scientific Name: Thrinax radiota
  • Family Name: Arecaceae
  • Origin: Florida native
  • Height: 30’ – 40’
  • Width: 10’ – 12’
  • Growth: slow
  • Zone: 10A - 11
  • Light Needs: Full sun – Partial shade
  • Salt Tolerance:  high
  • Soil/PH/Texture: grows in sand, loam, or lime rock with high pH.
  • Soil Moisture: Average water needs, likes consistently moist soil with good drainage, do not let dry out between watering but do not over water either.
  • Drought Tolerance: high, humidity and hurricane wind tolerant
  • Pests/Diseases: Diseases and Insects are usually not a problem besides the occasional aphids or scales
  • Growing Conditions: easy to grow and low maintenance
  • Characteristics: The dark green leaves are 2’ – 3’ across and about 3’ long, and fan shaped. and the showy white blooms on yellow stems, are under 1”, fragrant, and appear in mid-fall. Its fruits are ¼”, green ripening to white, appear throughout the year but are more abundant in the fall.
  • Propagation: by seed
  • Wildlife: attracts bees, birds, and butterflies – larval host for the Monk Skipper, nesting site and food for misc. birds.
  • Facts: on the endangered list for Florida state
  • Designer Considerations: can be used as a specimen or accent tree in a landscape, street tree, alongside a road, in a median strip, and is great for xeriscaping.