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Bismarck Palm

The Bismarck Palm is another beautiful and desirable fan palm suitable for sub-tropical climates;   although it can be grown as far north as Sarasota (freeze damage will occur, but the palm quickly recovers).  Of the tribe Borasseae, and subfamily Corphoideae it is also known by the botanic name Bismarkia nobilisBismark Palms are native to Madagascar.

Bismarck Palm Mounts Botanical Center

Plant Facts:

Common Name:  Bismarck Palm

Botanical Name:  Bismarkia nobilis

Subfamily:  Corphoideae

Plant Type:  Solitary Palm Tree

Origin: Madagascar (endangered in its native habitat)

Zones: 10 - 11

Height:  30 - 60'

Rate of Growth: Slow

Salt Tolerance: Moderate

Soil Requirements:  Widely adaptable

Water Requirements: High drought tolerance

Nutritional Requirements:   Moderate

Light Requirements: Moderate, high

Form:  Solitary, massive palm.  Canopy of 20-30 leaves.

Leaves:  Costapalmate, induplicate, stiff and upright; divided to about 1/3 into approximately 20 segments.

Inflorescence: 4' long

Fruits:  Brown

Pests or diseases:  Nothing of major importance.

Uses:  Massive specimen plant -- not for small yards.

Bad Habits: Very difficult to transplant except from containers..

Cost:  $$ - $$$ -- reasonable to expensive

Propagation:   Seed, germinates in 2 months or less

Sources:   A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Tropical Gardening, betrocks.gif (9648 bytes)   Betrock's Guide to Landscape Palms

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Last updated 06/03/08