Purple King Palm Tree – Archontophoenix purpurea

The Purple King Palm Tree, scientific name Archontophoenix purpurea, is a close relative to the King Palm. It is definitely an exotic and rare palm that is well-known for its stunning reddish purple crownshaft. Purple King Palm Tree can also grow indoors. It is very easy to grow and maintain.

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Purple King Palm Tree Profile

Scientific name: Archontophoenix purpurea

Common names: The Purple King Palm is also known as Mount Lewis King, Purple Piccabean Palm, and Purple Palm.

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: It is native to Australia.

Appearance: It has a single smooth gray trunk, a little swollen at the base, about 1ft in diameter, prominently ringed with the scars of shed fronds. It takes several years for the palm to develop a stunning reddish purple crownshaft that makes a striking contrast against the dark green leaves.

Crownshaft is topped with stiff pinnate, or feather-like fronds that range from dark green to light green on the top and shiny silver on the bottom. They are about 7-12ft long, with 50-60 flat leaflets that are 13-14 inches long.

Flowers/Fruits: The Purple King Palm produces white-creamy flowers that hang in clusters. Flowers are supported by 2ft long inflorescence that grows from where crownshaft meets the trunk. Flowers are followed by berry-like fruits that turn red when ripe. They are 1/5 inch long, with a single seed inside.

Growth Rate: Slow. Archontophoenix purpurea is a fast growing palm that can grow up to 10-20 ft tall with a spread of about 1-5 ft.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both.

Cold Tolerance: The Purple King Palm can tolerate cold down to 25F for a short period of time when mature enough. Grows best in 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 but well drained soil.

Maintenance: Easy. This palm requires very little maintenance since it has self-cleaning trunk. To prevent nutritional deficiency, apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continuous release formula twice a year during growing season.

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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We don’t sell palm trees on this site, but you can buy it from one of my favorite palm nurseries – Real Palm Trees. It has beautiful palm trees at discounted prices and offers a Free Shipping. This is one of the few sites that I trust, because each palm tree comes with Certificate of Authenticity that guarantees highest quality of the tree. All of their palm trees are properly grown and acclimatized to the correct hardiness zone.

Most importantly, you will receive a tree in perfect health and wouldn’t have to worry about it dying few weeks later. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee or you money back. 

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~Susan Brian

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  1. Anne Lawniczak says

    I’m looking for a palm that has a large base that’s tourney kind of like a pinapple. Its thorns are golden and has a lot of foliage on top.

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