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Small clumping palm suggestions?

Posted by alby 10b (My Page) on
Wed, Dec 20, 06 at 11:08

Hello- I am looking for a small clumping palm to be used as a privacy screen in full sun. They'll be under utility lines so they need to be under 20' or so. Someone on a local radio show keeps insisting that bamboo palm, chamaedorea siefritzii, can be full sun, but I'm reluctant to try that. Don't want to spend alot of time growing them only to find that they lanquish in full sun. Although the look of that palm would be ideal.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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RE: Small clumping palm suggestions?

  • Posted by catkim San Diego 10/24 (My Page) on
    Wed, Dec 20, 06 at 13:10

The chamaedorea that can take the most sun is plumosa, but it is solitary, not suckering, though the height would fit your needs.

Have you considered Dypsis lutescens? My understanding is it's commonly used for screening in Florida, grows very well there, is suckering or clumping, and fits your height requirements. Also relatively inexpensive and readily available.

RE: Small clumping palm suggestions?

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RE: Small clumping palm suggestions?

I sometimes think reading various sites and descriptions of various palms on various web sites, that some folks call any palm a "clumping" palm , when two or more are planted close togehter , whether they produce offsets to be natural clumpers or are just planted that way intentionally. At any rate I sometimes wonder how long those clumpers take to grow a very nice clump from a single plant , from the time the first one is planted?? The reason I ask , is because I'm thinking of starting a Rhapis multifida in a container , but do want it to fill out quickly, or would it be wiser to plant two or more from the beginning for a fuller look?

RE: Small clumping palm suggestions?

Needle palm would be a good choice I would think.

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