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Blue Latan Palm Tree

Blue latan palm tree in the landscape. Rare palm trees in the wild

The Blue Latan Palm Tree, scientific name Latania loddigesii, is a flowering striking palm native to Mauritius Island. This palm is very similar to Red Latan Palm and Bismarck Palm Tree. The Blue Latan Palm Tree can also grow indoors.

Blue Latan Palm Tree Info

Scientific name: Latania loddigesii

Common names: The Blue Latan Palm Tree is also known as Blue Latan, Blue Latania Palm.

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: It is native to Mauritius Island.

Appearance: It has a single gray trunk, slightly swollen at the base. The trunk is about 10 in diameter, ringed with old leaf scars. Leaves are large, blue-green, palmate, or fan-shaped, about 10 -12ft long. Stiff leaves are supported by large armed stems 4-5ft long.

Flowers/Fruits: It produces small yellow flowers that grow on branched inflorescence. Male and female flowers grow on separate plants. Flowers are followed by oblong, greenish-brown fruits, about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. Leach or apricot, fruits have a woody “pit” with a single seed inside.

Growth Rate: Moderate to Fast. This palm can grow up to 20 – 30 ft tall and 10 – 15 ft wide.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both.

Cold Tolerance: This palm can tolerate cold down to 25F. Great for areas in USDA Zones 9b (25 to 30 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

Light Req: Partial shade to Full sun.

Water Req: Moderate.

Maintenance: Easy. To prevent nutritional deficiency, apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continuous release formula twice a year during the growing season.

Propagation: Propagated by seeds.

10 Benefits Of The Blue Latan Palm Tree


  1. Ornamental Appeal: The Blue Latan Palm is known for its striking blue-silver foliage, making it a unique and attractive addition to any landscape.

  2. Drought Tolerance: This plant is exceptionally drought-resistant, making it suitable for arid climates.

  3. Low Maintenance: The Blue Latan Palm requires minimal upkeep, making it a favorite among busy homeowners.

  4. Pest Resistance: It has a strong resistance to most pests, reducing the need for harmful pesticides.

  5. Slow Growing: Its slow growth rate allows for easy management and control in a garden setting.

  6. Endangered Species Conservation: Owning and caring for a Blue Latan Palm contributes to the conservation of this endangered species.

  7. Frost Tolerance: This palm can tolerate light frosts, making it more robust than many tropical plants.

  8. Architectural Features: With its distinctive fan-shaped leaves and stout trunk, it adds architectural interest to gardens.

  9. Soil Flexibility: The Blue Latan Palm can thrive in a wide range of soil types, including sandy, loamy, and clay.

  10. Air Cleaning: Like all plants, this palm helps clean the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.

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