Common Name: Lady Palm
Scientific Name: Rhapis excelsa
Growth Rate: Moderate
Salt Tolerance: Low
Drought Tol.: Moderate
Typical Height: 7'OA
Rhapis Excelsa or Lady Palm can be used in both indoor and outdoor plantings.
Sometimes this bushy palm is called the bamboo palm. This is due to the growth pattern which is marked by multiple stems or stalks emerging from the base of the palm.
This shrub like clumping palm spreads by underground rhizomes, just like clumping bamboo. These new growths are called pups or suckers.
The Lady palm has moderate to low light requirements. This characteristic makes the Rhapis excelsa an ideal palm for use in understory plantings. Other uses include but are not limited to; low screening, single specimen plantings, container plantings, beds, borders and as a privacy screen.
Northerners are interested in this palm for indoor use.
There is a large market for this palm as an indoor planting. Atriums, corporate offices, and residential homes are just a few of the ideal indoor environments that can utilize this palm in their climate controlled environments.
It is the most well suited palm for this application because the max height is roughly 6-12’ as opposed to other palms that will reach 20’ and more in their max heights.
It is crucial that you feed and water this palm regularly. Soil requirements need to be moist and well drained. Light requirements are deep to partial shade. Direct sunlight is not recommended on a consistent basis.
Southerners are interested in this palm for outdoor applications.
Popular tropical landscaping includes adding lush texture to at the ground level, near entryways and or as an accent. The ideal zones for planting the Lady Palm are 9A-11. No damage will occur at 25°F, however fatal temperatures are those that drop to 15-18°F. Most applications in the south are outdoor landscape oriented.
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