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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.

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