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Archontophoenix cunninghamiana var. illawarra
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

Archontophoenix cunninghamiana var. illawarra

Common name: Illawarra
Native to: Australia
Mature height: 60'
Mature spread: 8'
Growth Habit: solitary
Leaf type: pinnate
Archontophoenix  cunninghamiana var. illawarra

photo by: Dennis Valdez
Don Worth Garden
Mill Valley


Similar appearance and faster growing than the regular Archonophoenix cunninghamiana King. The growth rate is also approximately four times faster than A. cunninghamiana therefore it is not suitable as an understory palm. The tree is easy to identify since mature trunks show the wide spacing between the nodes of trunk ring. Flower stalk develops below the crownshaft. Originated in Australia south of Sydney. The smaller canopy spread make this a good choice for mass plantings to create the tropical landscape. The height and rapid growth rate limits the use of this palm to areas that are truly frost free.

This species in the garden:
Growth rate: regular
Sunlight: Full sun to lt shade
Water: keep moist
Cold Tolerance: 22 F
Seed or plant availability: rare

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