Canary Island Date Palm

Canary Island date palm crown

Phoenix canariensis Family: Arecaceae          Origin: Canary Islands Technically invasive but somehow is forgiven by many; the Canary Island Date Palm (a close relative of the true Date Palm) is widespread in most tropical and subtropical lands around the world. In some areas, it’s naturalized and stands solitarily, enjoyed in the landscapes and gardens of people around the … [Read more...]

Chinese Fan Palm

Livistonia chinensis, a chinese fan palm in Calamvale, Brisbane.

Livistona chinensis Family: Arecaceae Origin: Japan, Taiwan, and southern China In most parts of the tropical world, this tree is a beautiful and unassuming addition to landscapes in parks and in conservatories, as well as home gardens. Cultivated for container use, it has also happily made its way around the world in the ground. Even though its origin is in Asia, it has … [Read more...]

Cuban Royal Palm

Cuban Royal palm trees, taken on the southside of Brisbane

Roystonea regia Family: Arecaceae Origin: Southern US, Caribbean, Cuba, Mexico, and Central America Another tall and stately palm, this time originating from the subtropical and tropical regions of the New World, Cuban Royal palm is a beautiful and adaptable tree perfect for many uses. In its native lands, it’s used for lumber and thatch, as well as a base for medicines. The … [Read more...]

Bismarck Palm

A Bismarck palm tree in Brisbane

Bismarckia nobilis Family: Arecaceae          Origin: Madagascar Said to be named after the first chancellor of the German Empire, Otto von Bismarck, the entire Latin name honors him with “nobilis” meaning ‘noble’ at the end. Otto maintained peace between the German states during his lifetime, creating the first welfare state in history and maintaining loyal support for 30 … [Read more...]

Cabbage Tree Palm

Livistona australis Family: Arecaceae Origin: Eastern Australia One of the more characteristic looks of this palm that many might be familiar with is the constant shedding of dead fronds that hang low and brown from the crown. They usually need to be removed by an arborist, as the tree will retain these dead fronds. However, many people don’t mind and accept it as part of the … [Read more...]

Golden Cane Palm

Tall golden cane in algester, brisbane

Dypsis lutescens Family: Arecaceae       Origin: Madagascar Commonly known as the Golden Cane palm, this palm is extremely popular in landscapes and gardens not only here in Australia, but in many parts of the world. Where it gets too cold to cultivate outside, Golden Cane palms make wonderful and happy houseplants. In fact, this plant has won the Royal Horticultural … [Read more...]

Cocos Palm

unsightly fronds hanging from a cocos palm in Brisbane

Syagrus romanzoffiana Family: Aracacaea Origin: Native to South America. Planted extensively throughout the mid-19th century and still popular in landscaping today, the Cocos Palm can be found all over Australia’s east coast, in Darwin, Western Australia, South Australia and in Tasmanian parks and garden. A long-lived palm, it can grow from 1-2 metres annually and will … [Read more...]

Alexander Palm or Alexandra Palm

Alexander palms in Calamvale, Brisbane

Archontophoenix alexandrae Family: Aracacaea         Origin: Native to Northern and Central Queensland, Australia A key feature of the Alexander Palm is its capacity to tolerate heavy inundation under heavy rain events. This survival quality has made the palm a dominant species in tropical Queensland. Favoured for its beautiful shaped and clean visual appearance compared … [Read more...]

Foxtail Palm

foxtail palm in algester, brisbane

Wodyetia bifurcata Family: Arecaceae        Origin: Endemic to Cape Melville, Northern Queensland Foxtail palms are now prolific not just in Brisbane but all over the world in tropical and sub-tropical climates. That's quite remarkable, considering they were unknown to the world just over thirty years ago. They were brought to botanists attention in 1978, growing in Cape … [Read more...]