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Now is your chance to grab Florida’s hottest selling palm tree. The Bismarck Palm is a gorgeous addition to most any landscape. It tolerates the heat and humidity of Florida, as well as cold temperatures. Because it adapts to many soil types, it is a proud centerpiece for most landscapes. A slow-growing tree with gorgeous stiff, waxy leaves, the Bismarck Palm creates a big presence in the landscape. Its 4-feet-wide palmate leaves come in intriguing shapes and textures and the trunk displays intriguing patterns created by persistent leaf bases. Plant the Bismarck Palm as a focal point in the landscape, but keep in mind that the eventual height, which can reach over 60 feet, may overpower a small home.
Note from Joel
The Bismark Palm is relatively new to Central Florida. It was introduced about 10 years ago and has gained popularity ever since. This palm would be an eye-catching centerpiece for your property. I recommend allowing the Bismarck Palm to have plenty of space to encourage growth. Before we added the Bismarck Palm to our line of trees we evaluated it to make sure that it performed well in Florida’s climate, including during periods of cold temperatures. The Bismarck Palm is hardy as well as a stunning addition to most any landscape. If you have any questions, please contact me and I will be happy to see if the Bismarck Palm is right for your landscape needs.
- Common Names: Bismarck Palm Family: Arecacea (palm Family)
The Bismarck palm is a native of Madagascar that grows to a height of 30 to 60 feet with a spread of 12 to 16 feet. The massive 4-foot-wide costapalmate leaves are typically silver-green in color, but a light olive-green-leaved variety also exists (Figure 1). The persistent leaf bases are split, creating an attractive pattern on the 15–18-inch-diameter trunks. The dark brown male and female inflorescence are produced on separate trees, with females developing olive-brown fruit about 1.5 inches in diameter. The bold texture, unique color and eventual great height of this species, make a strong statement in any setting, but may be overpowering in small residential landscapes.
This palm is adaptable to many kinds of soil.
Light: Prefers full sun but is tolerant of some shade.
Moisture: Once established this palm is drought tolerant.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 10 – 11. Bismarck palm can be grown in the warmer parts of Zone 9 where it is occasionally damaged by freezing temperatures from which it can recover in a season. I have seen very nice specimens in Orlando, Palm Harbor and Saint Petersburg, Florida (all in Zone 9).
Propagation: Seeds germinate easily in 6 to 8 weeks.
Bismarckia nobilis is the only species in the genus. It was a relatively recent introduction to American landscapes (and other warm zone regions of the world). Bismarck palm is rapidly gaining popularity as it is a spectacular species that is drought tolerant and not as subject to disease and nutritional deficiencies as many other landscape palm species. If you have the space to accommodate its impressive bulk, try this handsome brute in your garden.