Thrinax radiata is one of the better palms to use in Florida landscapes. The Florida Thatch palm matures to a height of 15-25 feet which is in scale with our concrete block homes. High wind resistance and easy maintenance add to its appeal.
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Its high salt tolerance makes it a good palm for coastal areas. Full sun is preferred, but half-day shade will work too.
This laid-back south Florida native is also found in the Florida Keys, the Caribbean and in Tropical America. It will tolerate dry, sandy, even rocky or alkaline soil without complaint.
It grows at a leisurely pace and will take many years to reach its ultimate height (25 feet) and spread (10 feet).
The fronds of this palm are almost circular and will slowly grow to 3 feet across. Indians native to south Florida in centuries past used them to thatch their roofs. This is how the tree came to be called the Florida thatch palm.
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A distinguishing characteristic of this palm is the fork at the base of each petiole. Florida Thatch palm planted in a bed with aechmeas.
Hardy from USDA zones 10b-11. Once it becomes established, all it requires is occasional pruning to remove dead fronds.
Sabal minor is a low growing fan palm native to Florida, North Carolina, and Texas. Its common names include dwarf palmetto and blue-stem palm.
Cocothrinax crinita is a somewhat rare palm tree in U.S. gardens. It is commonly called the Old Man palm because of its bearded trunk. The fan-shaped fronds of the Hairy Thatch palm are used to cover roofs in its native Cuba.