Bismarck Palm : Bismarckia Nobilis
The stunning, spectacular tree with a striking appearance is desirable plant for landscaping in sub-tropical climates. The Bismarck Palm stands out wherever it grows. It is a focal point on the streets and looks nice from all directions. The tree is very popular for its large gorgeous beautiful silver leaves and drought tolerance.
It requires a lot of open space for its size. It can be grown indoors in containers.
Scientific name: Bismarckia Nobilis
Name: It gets its name from the former chancellor of the German Empire Otto Von Bismarck.
Origin: It is native to Madagascar.
Growth rate: It is fairly fast growing. When it establishes itself, the tree grows about 1 to 3 feet per year.
Trunk: The stout, smooth, grey-tan trunk grows up to a height or 35-60 feet. Unmature trees have old dead leaf bases.
Leaves: The light silver-blue-green, fan shaped, stiff, heavy, waxy leaves create a huge symmetrical crown 10-20 foot across. The leaves are supported on huge stems with sharp edges.
Indoor/Outdoor Use: Both
Light exposure: It grows well in full sun and can tolerate partial shade.
Water requirements: It requires regular watering.
Drought toleration: It has high drought tolerance.
Cold toleration: It is fairly cold hardy and can tolerate a heavy frost.
Flowers: Large stalks of cream flowers up to 4 feet long come among the leaves. They are dioecious, male and female flowers occur on different trees.
Fruits: The trees produce not-eatable, round, brown fruits.
Propagation: It is propagated by seed. The seeds germinate within 8 weeks to 3 months.
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