Livistona - - Semi-mature and mature Livistona decipiens

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Livistona decipiens - Ribbon or Weeping Cabbage Palm

 

Family:

Arecaceae

Origins:

Coastal Queensland

Plant Type:

Evergreen tree-like soft wooded perennial - palm.

Size:

To 15 - 20m tall, to 5m wide with a straight trunk of approx 25 cm diameter.

Habit/ Form:

A tall palm with a symmetrically rounded leaf-crown consisting of up to 60 leaves that weep attractively

Leaves:

The 3m long leaves on 1.2m stems, which split into many segments (costapalmate) from the middle of the leaf and look like ribbons dangling from a hand-held fan. The leaves of young plants have a red tinge.

Flowers:

Male and female flowers appear on branching inflorescences amongst the leaves. The inflorescences are 1.5 -2m long and bear creamy yellow blooms.

Fruit:

The round fruit (seed) is up to 15mm in diameter and turns black when ripe.

Bark / Trunk:

The young trunk is very rough with the persistent leaf bases clasping the stem. Eventually they self clean revealing a ridged grey-brown trunk ringed with old leaf scars

Vigour / Longevity:

Vigorous and long lived

Environmental Requirements:

Handles full sun even when young. Protect from wind to keep leaves from shredding. A sub-tropical plant, growing along the edges of forests, in the protection of gullies and in swamps close to the ocean.

Hardiness:

Tolerant of short periods of drought, reasonably cold tolerant. Can tolerate light frosts to -3

Soil / Drainage:

This palm prefers freely draining soil. It is drought tolerant but will look better and grow faster if adequate water can be provided

Pruning:

The palm is self-cleaning of old leaves and will require little or no pruning.

Watering:

Best growth with reliable watering.

Fertilising:

Organic nitrogenous fertilisers during the growing season will improve the growth rate.

Pests / Diseases:

Mostly disease resistant.

Uses:

Its elegant form makes it well-suited to use as a specimen tree. Tropical effect plants, avenues, singularly or in small groups for their round weeping crowns and straight trunks.

 

 

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