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Florida Thatch Palm Tree

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The Florida Thatch Palm Tree, scientific name Thrinax radiata, is native to Florida Keys.  It adapts to a lot of different conditions. The Florida Thatch Palm is a wonderful palm tree in any landscape, especially those landscapes which love to adorn a hammock. Florida Thatch Palm Tree can also grow indoors.

Florida Thatch Palm Tree Info

Scientific name: Thrinax radiata

Common names: The Florida Thatch Palm Tree is also known as Silk-top Thatch Palm, Sea Thatch Palm.

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: The Florida Thatch Palm is native to Florida Keys.

Appearance: Has a slender grey trunk with dark green fan leaves at the top. Leaves are about 3ft long with drooping tips at the end. It produces white flowers that grow on the yellow stems to 3-4ft long.

Flowers/Fruits: Flowers are followed by green round fruit that turns white when it is ripe. Fruit is around 1-1.5 inches wide.

Growth Rate: Slow. This slow growing palm can get up to 20ft tall.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both.

Cold Tolerance: The Florida Thatch Palm is not a cold hardy palm; it 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: Partial shade to full sun.

Water Req: It does best in moist sandy soil with good drainage. Like a lot of palms it likes humid weather. It tolerates salt and drought very well.

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 seed.