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Howea forsteriana

Howea forsteriana

Common name: Kentia
Native to: Lord Howe Island
Mature height: 40'
Mature spread: 16'
Growth Habit: solitary
Leaf type: pinnate
Howea forsteriana

photo by: Dennis Valdez
Golden Gate Palms Nursery
Point Richmond


This palm is monoecious, with unisexual flowers of both genders. Solitary plants widely separated from others, with fruit, so there is sufficient overlap of anthesis for pollination on an individual plant. The seeds grow very slowly, taking 3 or 4 years to mature on the palm. Germination can take an additional 1 to 3 years more.

This is the most tropical looking palm that can be added to Northern California landscapes. This is also one of the most tolerant choices for adaptation to shade and indoor conditions. Traffic stopper when planted in groups.

Howea forsteriana

photo by: Dennis Valdez
Jim Denz Garden
Los Altos
Howea forsteriana

photo by: Dennis Valdez
Private Garden in Northern CA
San Francisco
This species in the garden:
Growth rate: moderate
Sunlight: gradual
Water: keep moist
Cold Tolerance: 26 F
Seed or plant availability: common

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