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Fiji Fan Palm Tree

Fiji Fan Palm Tree in the wild

The Fiji Fan Palm Tree, scientific name Pritchardia pacifica, is one of the world’s most beautiful fan palms. It is an ornamental plant that is great for indoors or outdoors. You can’t help, but think about Hawaii by looking at this palm. This species is particularly tolerant of salty soils, making it an excellent choice for planting along the coasts in the tropics.

Fiji Fan Palm Tree Info

 

Scientific name: Pritchardia pacifica

Common names: The Fiji Fan Palm is also known as Fiji Palm.

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: The Fiji Fan Palm is native to Fiji in the Southwest Pacific.

Appearance: This striking fan palm has solitary trunk with an interesting fiber patterning at the base. Trunk is straight, smooth, about 20 inches in diameter, topped with crown of 15-20 large fronds.

Leaves are palmate, or fan shaped, about 7ft long by 6ft wide. They range in color from dull green to bright lime green. Unlike many other fan palms, the Fiji Fan Palm has no spines along the petioles.

Flowers/Fruits: This ornamental palm produces fragrant brownish flowers. Flowers are held by short inflorescence that grow among the leaves. Flowers are followed by green spherical fruits that turn red then black when ripe. Fruit is 11-12 mm in diameter, with a single seed inside that is about 7 mm in diameter.

Growth Rate: Slow. Pritchardia pacifica is a slow growing palm that can get up to 10-20 ft tall and 5-10 ft wide.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both.

Cold Tolerance: The Fiji Fan Palm can tolerate cold down to 30F. It is great for growing in USDA Zones 10a (30 to 35 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

Light Req: It prefers partial sun.

Water Req: Moderate. Grows best in moist but well drained soil.

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

Propagation: Propagated by seeds. Fresh seed germinates within 30 days. Transplant the palm at 1″ depth using a well draining soil mix. Plant in a sunny, moist, but well drained position.