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Chambeyronia:
Chambeyronia macrocarpa

Chambeyronia macrocarpa

Common name: Flame Thrower
Native to: New Caledonia
Mature height: 20 ft
Mature spread: 16 ft
Growth Habit: solitary
Leaf type: pinnate
Chambeyronia macrocarpa

photo by: Dennis Valdez
Dennis Valdez Garden
Hercules

Description:

There are several common names associated with this palm; Red Leaf Palm, Red Feather Palm, Blushing Palm and most commonly in Northern and Southern California; Flame Thrower or Blond Flame Thrower. The new leaves open with a bright red coloration and slowly turn green after about two weeks. Threatened in native habitat due to mining of nickel ore; New Caledonia has more than 20% of the world's known nickel resources. This species is a popular and notable performer in Southern California but is still considered experimental in Northern California.


This species in the garden:
Growth rate: slow
Sunlight: gradual
Water: keep moist
Cold Tolerance: 28 F
Seed or plant availability: limited




 
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