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Ribbon fan palm

Endemic of the Queensland, Australia. From Magnetic Is. near Townsville, south to Tewantin and Rainbow Beach. 

Most common in coastal and near-coastal lowlands in large dense colonies or in scattered groups, in open forest, littoral rainforest and dry rainforest at low to moderate elevations, and with isolated inland populations at moderate elevations associated with permanent springs or seasonal streams, 0-550 m. alt. Livistona decipiens grows along the edges of forests, in the protection of gullies and in swamps close to the ocean. Functionally dioecious palm. Trunk to 18 m tall, 25-30 cm. in diam. breast high, leaf scars narrow, internodes broad to 30 cm. wide, smooth, brown in newly exposed parts, grey with age, with shallow vertical fissures, petiole stubs frequently retained at the base of the trunk. Leaves 30-60 in a globose crown.

Full Sun. Soil: Tolerates wide range of soils; prefers good drainage, Prefers moderate water; tolerates moderate drought after establishment, Cold Tolerance: Zones 9a.

This palm prefers freely draining soil. It handles full sun even when young. It's drought tolerant, but will look better and grow faster if adequate water can be provided.

Soil Type: Clay, Loam or Sand. Soil pH: Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline. Seaside Tolerance: Good in Mild Zone. Height: 35 feet, Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Season, Longevity: 50 to 150 years, Leaves: Palmate Medium Green, Evergreen. Flowers: Hasseparate. Fruit: Drupe, Pest & Disease: Resistant to Texas Root Rot. Susceptible to Pigeons. Litter Issue: Dry Fruit.

Ribbon fan palm happily adapts to many types of soil except those that are wet and soggy. Light: Will thrive in part shade to bright sunny exposures. Moisture: Drought tolerant but young palms will need watering until established. Hardiness: USDA Zones 9.

  • Category Palms
  • Genus Livistona
  • Species decipiens
  • Families Arecaceae
  • Habit Single stemmed palm
  • Climatic Zones Sub-tropical, USDA 10 b (Southern Italy and islands)
  • Leaves Palmate leaf
  • Flower Raceme
  • Geographical Area of Origin Oceania
  • Flowering and Fruiting Period September / August / July
  • Form Palm
  • Colore Fiori Giallo
  • Colore Foglie Verde
  • Colore Frutti Verde   Viola
  • Favorite soil Sub-acid / medium acid / Middle-Dough / Medium soil
  • Water needs Medium
  • Light Exposure Full light / Full sun / Medium shade / Half shade
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