The Ribbon fan palm is an asset to any landscape. Plant where it’s delicate leaves will not be shredded by prevailing winds.
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Plant a Ribbon Palm in an opening among trees or up against a wall or structure that can serve as a backdrop so that it’s lovely form may be appreciated. Small specimens do well in containers and grow rapidly enough to provide satisfaction to impatient gardeners
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“Note from Joel”
Here I go again, this palm is one of my favorites. The Ribbon palm is a cousin to the Chinese Fan palm. As such, it has a related characteristic, that of the ringed trunk as the old palm boots are removed. These rings can be extremely colorful, expressive, and dynamic. I’m waxing poetic for a humble tree farmer, but when you get one of these, this will be your experience as well. The thorns on these are hooked and sharp so trimming is always a fun thing. This is not normally a centerpiece, but all palms can be centerpieces if used in clusters. This takes a little bit of creativity but that’s what we do, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Common Names: ribbon fan palmFamily: Arecacea (palm Family)
Tall and slender this palm is a graceful beauty. The symmetrical crown is nearly spherical and held atop an arrow-straight trunk that will typically reach heights of 30 feet. The costapalmate leaves grow up to 9 ft (2.7 m) wide and are held on 6 ft (1.8 m) stems. Costapalmate means that the leaves are midway between palmate (shaped like the palm of your hand) and pinnate (feather-shaped.) Livistona decipiens has narrow folded segments 5-6 ft (1.5-1.8m) in length that are 0.75 in (1.9 cm). About 80 of these segments radiate out from the stem to hang like delicate ribbons toward the ground inspiring this plant’s common name “ribbon fan palm”. Flowers are yellow and are borne on a 4 ft (1.2 m) inflorescence that is hidden among the leaves. The small black fruit is about 1/2 in (1.3 cm) in diameter.
Ribbon fan palm happily adapts to many types of soil except those that are wet and soggy.
Light: Will thrive in part shade to bright sunny exposures.
Moisture: Drought tolerant but young palms will need watering until established.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 9 – 11.