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Jade Empress Palm Tree

Jade Palm Trees in the wild

The Jade Empress Palm Tree, scientific name Rhapis multifida, is one of the most beautiful and rarest palms in the world. This palm is a little more expensive but well worth the money. This is a small, slow-growing palm that can be kept indoors for its entire life. It is also great for small gardens. This palm is cold hardy down to 20F and can be grown in states like Georgia, Louisiana, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington.

Jade Empress Palm Tree Profile

Scientific name: Rhapis multifida

Common names: The Jade Empress Palm Tree is also known as Jade Palm, Lady Finger Palm, Finger Palm, Finger Lady Palm.

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: It is native to China.

Appearance: It has multiple gray slender trunks that are covered with light brown fibers. It has palmate, or fan-shaped dark green leaves, that are divided into many narrow segments that are joined near the base.

Flowers/Fruits: It produces rounded to oval fruits that are about 2/3 in length.

Growth Rate: Slow to Moderate. This palm can get up to 10 – 20 ft tall and 5-10 ft wide.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both. Great for indoors.

Cold Tolerance: This palm is cold-hardy and can withstand cold down to 20F. Great for areas in USDA Zones 9a (20 to 25 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

Light Req: Partial shade to Shade.

Water Req: Moderate. Likes 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 the growing season.

Propagation: Propagated by seeds.

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