Needle Palm, Porcupine Palm

Rhapidophyllum hystrix

  • Family Name: Arecaceae
  • Origin: Southeastern United States
  • The needle palm is a perfect, low maintenance plant that makes an excellent specimen plant for small spaces near the patio or entryways. In the shade garden, the needle palm provides a rich green backdrop of flowering plants and it blends beautifully with azaleas and camellias in the filtered light under a high canopy of pine.
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Height: 6’
  • Spread: 6’
  • Soil Requirements: Wide
  • Nutritional Requirements: Moderate
  • Salt Tolerance: Low
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate
  • Wind Tolerance: High
  • Cold Tolerance: No damage at -5°F once established
  • USDA hardiness zones: 8 - 10
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Needle Palm, Porcupine Palm

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