King Palm Tree – Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

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The King Palm Tree, scientific name Archontophoenix cunninghamiana, is one of the most popular palms in tropical and subtropical climates. The King palm looks very nice when planted in a grouping of 2 or 3. This sun-loving palm is mostly used outdoors, but it also makes an excellent house plant if given the right environment.   While King palm is young, it can be kept inside in the container to avoid cold exposure.

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King Palm Tree Profile

Scientific name: Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

Common names: The King Palm is also known as Alexandra Palm and Alexander Palm. It is native to Australia.

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: The King Palm Tree is native to Australia.

Appearance: Archontophoenix cunninghamiana has a single smooth grey brownish trunk ringed by the scars from the fallen frond. Trunk is a little wider at the base, about 1ft in diameter with beautiful crownshaft at the top. Crownshaft is generally green, but occasionally can be brownish.

The King Palm has about 15-20 arching evergreen fronds that emerge from the crownshaft forming a graceful crown. The leaves are bright green above and below, although there can also be brown scales on the paler green undersides. They have about 100 to 150 leaflets that are 6-12 inches long.

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Flowers/Fruits: In mindsummer, the King Palm produces pink flowers that are held by 2-3 ft long branched inflorescence, growing from below the crownshaft. Male and female flowers are on the same inflorescence. Flower are followed by attractive berry-like green fruits that turn red when ripe. Fruits are round, about 1/2 inches in diameter and hang in clusters.

Growth Rate: Archontophoenix cunninghamiana can grow up to 40 ft tall and 10-15 ft wide.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both.

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Cold Tolerance: Young palms can be killed by cold if the temperature gets below 25F. This palm is great for USDA Zones 9b (25 to 30 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

Light Req: Partial shade to Full sun.

Water Req: Moderate. It grows best in moist well drained soil.

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

Insects and Diseases: The main pests problem for King Palm are spider mites. When King palm is young it can suffer from leaf spot. Like a lot of other popular palms King palm can get root rot if the soil is not well drained. To find out how to prevent all this problems click here Palm Tree Insects.

Propagation: Propagated by seeds. Seed germination is quick and easy. Germination occurs in 6 weeks to 3 months. It is best to sow seeds fresh in the spring.

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~Susan Brian

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23 Responses to “King Palm Tree – Archontophoenix cunninghamiana”

  1. I am new to Florida and palm trees I lost a canary palm that died from freeze and over watering, I think. I am worried about planting a canary palm back in the same place I had the other. The man who cut it down said the center was full of mold and bacteria. I have never cared for a palm tree before. Can you help me? I sterilize pots before putting new plants in them, so is there some soil treatment I should do. I have not had the root ball of the old palm removed yet either.

  2. Hi Carolyn. Definitely get rid of the old root ball. It is probably full of fungal infection. It is very easy to grow a palm tree. All you need to know is that palm trees like warm humid climate. So make sure it is getting enough sunlight and the soil is moist but well drained. During cold months protect it from cold by applying Freeze Fruf, which is cold protecting spray. Don’t prune old brown leaves until they are completely dry. And don’t forget to fertilize your palm few times a year. This should do it. ~Susan Brian

  3. Susan, We just purchased three very young King Palms that are about 10 inches high. Before I could get them planted the next day they were drying out. I was wondering what was wrong and if I can save them. Thanks so much! Beth

  4. Hi Beth. Are you saying the leaves turned dry in one day? Susan Brian

  5. Yes I did not have time to plant them they day they came, so when I woke up the next morning I noticed they were drying out.

  6. Will a King Palm do well in the Indio-Palm Desert area of California? I had abunch of them in Oceanside that thrived and I am in love withthese palms.
    Thank you

  7. don’t even think in planting this palm near your house. we are facing right now a huge expending because of the roots errupting our tiles inside and outside the house. As I am writing I can hear these noises of the roots lifting out tiles and all we can do is wait until all the harm is done and get rid of this stupid palm.

  8. Hi Beth. You should plant it and see if gets better. You should know in a few days. ~Susan Brian

  9. Hi, I just purchase a King Palm and have it in a whisky barrel. Would you recommend drilling drainage holes in the barrel, or would it be okay with moderate watering? Thank you!

  10. We have a few palm trees that we have transplanted from a neighbor. I’m concerned they aren’t doing very well.

    Some have lost all their leaves except one spear that’s hanging to the side.

    Others have almost all brown, dry leaves except one green one in the center. They all are still tied together.

    How do you know when a palm is dead? I heard as long as there’s some green on them they are ok.

    How long do we wait until they bounce back from the transplant shock?

    Thank you,


  11. Hi Alex. Palms go into shock after transplanting. It might take few months for the palms to recover. The palm is definitely dead if all of the leaves are brown and there is not new growth. Give them some time and see if they recover. Do not fertilize. Just keep watering. ~Susan Brian

  12. Hi Joe. Always provide a good drainage. It would put some rocks at the bottom and drill few holes. ~Susan Brian

  13. I just planted 2 Picabeen/King Palms. I left the frawns wrapped for a week while the roots set. After letting the frawns down I realized that there were allot of dried brown frawns. These palms were 30 Gallons when I planted them about 2 weeks ago. On one I noticed that the new frawn coming for the top was green and is now truning brown. I followed the instructions on your site on how to plant them is this just a sign of transplantation shock? I have a 30 Gallon Travelers in between the Kings that is doing AWESOME!

  14. Hi Paradise. There is no guaranteed way to avoid transplantation shock. You did everything you could to minimize the damage. It is very usual for palms, especially for large palms who used to have a large root system, to go into shock. Just keep watering it. Give it few months to recover. ~Susan Brian.

  15. I just lost the top to my King Palm. My daughter is saying that she may have caught one of the leaves in her car door and then drove off.

    Is it possible that the top will regrow?

  16. Hi Crhis. The bud of the palm is the most important part. If it is gone, the palm will not survive. ~Susan Brian

  17. Hello, one of my king palms came to seed. I waited until November, and the seeds started to fall off by themselves. It is warm here in San Diego, most of the time. My question is, what’s the best way to plant these seeds and get them to germinate? Thanks. robert w.

  18. Hi, Susan:

    I planted a new 25 gallon King Palm three days ago. The nursery guy told me to deep water once a week, regular water everyday. How do I know it is deep watering? How many minutes is for deep or regular watering? How do I know the soil is drain properly. You said watering everyday for the first week, then every other day. Is that all deep watering?

    I planted the palm in December, and it is cold and lot of wind. Is it the good season for king palm to overcome the transplant shock? How long it will grow new root?



  19. Hi Ming. I don’t know where you live, but cold weather is the worst time to plant palm trees. Palms loose a lot of their roots after transplanting and it is important for them to establish new roots before the cold weather starts. At this point you need to make sure to protect your palm from cold. Spray it with freezepruf. Deep watering it when you slow drip water for a long period of time. You just need to make sure the soil is moist enough. Soil moister levels is very easy to check with electronic soil moister meter. Here is a great article on palm watering. ~Susan Brian

  20. I believe we have lg King Palms. They are trimmed yearly and very nice trees. The problem is 5 of them are close to the house and they were planted over 30 years ago and very tall. What happens if you just cut them off at approximately 12 ft from the ground (which would mean about 30 feet or so removed from the entire palm). Does it regenerate and continue to grow from where it was cut or does it kill the plant?

  21. Hi David. It will kill the palm tree bc the bud is the most important part of the palm. If bud is cut off the palm tree will die. ~Susan Brian

  22. planted a multi trunk King Palm in late summer in North San Diego, frawns are growing green but not strong enough to stay upright with a moderate wind… they bend about 1/3 up the palm frawn and hang straight down.
    They seem content with new frawns but just don’t seem strong enough to create the robust signature crown these palms are know for… Other than the above, there have been relatively few signs of shock from the transplant.
    The trees are about 10 feet at transplant (root to base of crown).

  23. Hello Susan, we have two king palms and were wondering if we plant…will the roots get so out of control that it lifts the surrounding concrete and grass???

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