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Nannorrhops:
Nannorrhops ritchiana

Nannorrhops ritchiana

Common name: Mazari Palm
Native to: Middle East
Mature height: 8 foot
Mature spread: 6 to 10 fe
Growth Habit: suckering
Leaf type: palmate
Nannorrhops ritchiana

photo by: Dennis Valdez
Dick Douglas Garden
Walnut Creek

Description:

This Palm is commonly known as Mazari palm and is native to Afghanistan and surrounding areas. This is a very slow growing palm, can take hot desert conditions and it is often covered with snow in the winter time. While this is a very cold hardy palm, among the variety of colors from powdery blue-green to green, some have reported that the green form seems to have even more cold hardiness. This palm is highly recommended for gardens where it is typically too cold to grow palms. Mazari will also perform well in tropical or semi-tropical locations. This is another palm that is a premium choice for the garden. Blue colored form is often preferred but both forms are typically rare. Will tolerate most any soil but, excellent drainage just like most other drought tolerant palm, is a must. Mazari palm's striking powdery blue-green color makes it an excellent eye catcher in any landscape. Suckering trunks typically have a reclining habit with the center trunks vertical. Can be trimmed to maintain a solitary trunk and will consequently increase growth rate since all growth is to a single trunk. This is another great choice for any garden because it never gets too big to allow you to maintain that manicured look. The Mazari palm is very drought tolerant and suitable for xeriscape gardens and has shown best growth performance when it is allowed to dry between watering. A regular fertilizing routine will also increase growth. In its native habitat, the young leaves and fruits are eaten. Other parts of the palm are used for thatching, fiber for weaving and rope, and for fuel. The bloom stock will rise high above the canopy as pictured in the bottom photograph. Mazari palm is susceptible to lethal yellowing and Ganoderma fungus but more resistant with average care.

2004 is the 3rd year that Dick Douglas' large specimen has bloomed and has produced viable seeds. Nannahrops has flowered in Miami but never seems to produce viable seeds.



Nannorrhops ritchiana

photo by: Dennis Valdez
Dick Douglas Garden
Walnut Creek
Nannorrhops ritchiana

photo by: Dennis Valdez
Dick Douglas Garden
Walnut Creek
Nannorrhops ritchiana

photo by: Dick Douglas
Dick Douglas Garden
Walnut Creek
This species in the garden:
Growth rate: slow
Sunlight: full sun
Water: moderate
Cold Tolerance: 14 F
Seed or plant availability: rare




 
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