Top 5 Palms we most commonly work on in Brisbane

Top 5 Palms we most commonly work on in Brisbane

Photo: Forest and Kim Starr

1. Alexander “Alex” Palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae)

QUEENSLANDER!! This palm is native to central and northern QLD.

Also known as Alexandra Palms and King Palms. All very regal indeed.

I am sad to report that Brisbane City Council has declared this a weed.

It’s impacting on our waterways in Moreton Bay as it’s too good at spreading it’s seed.

Photo by Brisbane City Council – found on Flickr

2. Cocos Palm (Arecastrum romanzoffianum)

Another import from Brazil. Not a bad looking palm but oh the seeds. The pain I hear in people’s voices when they talk to me about their Cocos!

These palms are considered a pest but aren’t declared so we recommend if you have a small one growing get rid of it now and look to replace it with a native – er not an Alex palm though – see above.

Photo: Forest and Kim Starr

3. Golden Cane Palm (Dypsis lutescens)

These make any garden look great and usually don’t get too tall. Ideal for small gardens

So long as you have a bit of time to tend to them. Awesome if you have small children or pets as there are no hurty spikes.

Photo: Forest and Kim Starr

4. Cuban Royal Palm (Roystonea regia)

The most prestigious looking of all the palms in my humble opinion.

Ever heard of Palm Sunday?

The fronds from Date Palms are what were laid on the streets by the people of Jerusalem as Jesus rode in so the story goes in the Bible.

Cuban Royal palm leaves are still used today in South America to mark Palm Sunday and other religious ceremonies.

Ask for a spurless climb if you want them cleaned.

Photo: Mmcknight4

5. Foxtail Palm (Wodyetia bifurcate)

Two significant events happened in the world in 1978.

  1. I was born (please stop your applause)
  2. An aboriginal fella named Wodyeti let on to the rest of us that the Foxtail Palm existed. Hence the credit to him in the botanical name. At the time only found in one area, Cape Melville up in Cape York, it was immediately listed as endangered. Because the Foxtail is such a cutie an international black market quickly sprung up for the trade of its seeds.

It’s now a global citizen.

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