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Keys Thatch Palm, Brittle Broom Palm

Leucothrinax morrisii

  • Family Name: Arecaceae
  • Origin: Florida Keys, Bahamas, Caribbean
  • Slow growing, this mid-sized palm has a slender, smooth trunk and circular, fan-shaped leaves with silvery undersides, arranged in a dense crown. It is native to the Florida Keys and much of the Caribbean region, where it grows in open woodlands and coastal areas. It will thrive in any open situation in subtropical and tropical climates and prefers a well-drained, calcareous soil. Underused as a landscape tree.
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Height: 20’
  • Spread: 10’
  • Soil Requirements: Wide
  • Nutritional Requirements: Low
  • Salt Tolerance: High
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Wind Tolerance: High
  • Cold Tolerance: 26° F
  • USDA hardiness zones: 9B - 11

Keys Thatch Palm, Brittle Broom Palm