Queen Palm Tree – Syagrus romanzoffiana

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The Queen Palm Tree, scientific name Syagrus romanzoffiana, is one of the most popular palms in tropical and subtropical climates because of its beautiful appearance and low maintenance. This palm is very inexpensive. Groupings of three or more Queen Palms provide soft filtered sunlight perfect for shade gardens. It is also worth mentioning, that Queen Palm tree has a shallow root-base and is known for falling during high winds and hurricanes.

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Queen Palm Tree Profile

queen palm tree4 Queen Palm Tree   Syagrus romanzoffianaScientific name: Syagrus romanzoffiana

Common names: The Queen Palm is also known as Cocos Plumosa, and Jeriva Syagrus romanzoffiana.

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: It is native to the South American woodlands of Brazil and Argentina.

Appearance: Syagrus romanzoffiana has smooth single trunk ringed with leaf scars and topped with dark green feathery fronds. Pinnate leaves grow upward more so than outward. The stem of the leaf is about 5 – 15ft long and has double rows of leaflets. Each leaflet blade approximately 18 to 36 inches long.

Flowers/Fruits: During summer months Queen Palm will surprise you with beautiful clusters of creamy flowers on a green stalk that grows underneath its leaves. In the early winter a green fruit will appear that will turn orange as it matures. This fruits, also called “dates”, have round shape and are about 1 inch long with one single seed inside. The Queen Palm fruit smells nice but is not editable. When dates fall to the ground they create sticky piles of rotting fruit that attract disagreeable insects.

Growth Rate: Fast. With regular fertilization Queen Palm can grow to a maximum height of about 30 – 40 ft and 5 -10 ft wide. It grows around 6 feet per year after establishing.

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Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both.

Cold Tolerance: Syagrus romanzoffiana can tolerate cold down to 15F when mature enough. It is great for growing in USDA Zones 8b (15 to 20 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

Light Req: Partial shade to Full sun. Queen Palm grows very well in full sun although full sun with some shade is preferred.

Water Req: Moderate. Along with proper feeding, correct watering is critical for healthy Queen Palm. Newly planted palms should be watered every day for the first week, every other day for the second week and about 3 times a week afterwards. Watering palm 3 times a week should be enough during the first summer, and a minimum of twice a week in the winter.

Maintenance: Easy. Queen Palms should be fertilized with a fertilizer that contains the most important minerals including magnesium, iron, copper, manganese and nitrogen. To prevent nutritional deficiency, apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continues release formula twice a year during growing season.

Queen Palm requires a lot of manganese for a healthy grow, not to be confused with magnesium. So, even after applying the usual fertilizer that contains manganese, it’s a good idea to add more manganese to the soil. Manganese deficiency is responsible for the “frizzy top” that you can witness on many Florida Queen Palms. That’s because most of the homeowners don’t know how to fertilize Queen Palm Trees properly. If you don’t treat the “frizzy top” condition, your palm tree will get weaker and eventually die. Once you noticed that some of the frizzy symptoms are developing, add more manganese to the soil.

The Queen Palm needs very little pruning, mainly to develop a strong structure. The best time to prune Queen Palm tree is from September to beginning of November. You can remove old fronds that got damaged during the summer with a saw. Get rid of only minimum amount of fronds that are yellow or brown. Excessive pruning can weaken the palm and slow its growth. If you have a tall Queen Palm, you might need a ladder to reach dry fronds. If you live in Florida, it’s easy to find a company that can do it for you.

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Insects and Diseases: The only pests that cause problems for Queen Palms are Palm leaf skeletonizer and scale. For more details on pests and prevention read – Palm Tree Insects. Queen Palm has problem with Ganoderma butt rot that can kill the palm. There is no cure for it. The only thing you can do, is to use prevention treatments.

Propagation: Propagated by seeds. Seeds of Queen Palm germinate better if collected from the green fruit that didn’t ripe yet. Try to plant as soon as possible, as dried seed is much more difficult to propagate. If you can’t plant the seed right away, you can store them. Before storing clean the seeds from the dust, air dry them and seal them in a plastic bag. The best storage temperature is around 65F-75F. It’s not recommended to store Queen Palm seeds for more than 4 months.

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For more photos click here Queen Palm Pictures.

Planting Queen Palm Seeds

When you are ready to plant your seeds, soak them first in water for 1-7 days. Change water daily. Plant a seed into a small container filled with soil (you can get it from you local supermarket). Soil should cover your seed not more than 2 cm. Put the container outside if you live in a warm climate. The temperature should be around 85F-90F. Water them 1-2 times a week. It should take around 2-3 months to sprout. Wait until at least one leaf has appeared before transplanting. Click here to read more about Planting Palm Trees. I got few pictures of the process for you:

Queen Palm seeds
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Queen Palm seeds 30 days of germination

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Queen Palm seeds 150 days of germination

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Queen Palm 23 months after germination

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~Susan Brian

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30 Responses to “Queen Palm Tree – Syagrus romanzoffiana”

  1. Question: Two of my three queen palms have 2-3 bunches of fruit. I would like to know when it is appropriate to cut these bunches off. I fear that during huricane season the extra weight of the berries will help tip the tree. Also, the friut falls all over the ground and is hard to clean up.
    Thank you.
    PS. My trees are approximately 30-35 feet tall.

  2. I have a question;

    I accidently cut the top of my queen palm tree off. will it grow back? its around 10 – 12 feet tall now, at the stump

  3. Same quest. as #1 – have 30 ft. queen palms w/huge branches of seeds. One group of seeds so heavy it bent a healthy 10 ft. frond and broke it. Is it best to cut these seed branches off the tree when they get so heavy? Will cutting it affect the tree at all?

  4. Greetings,

    Is the inside of the palm stalk ok to eat. Also, can you eat the berries of the Queen Palm.

    Thank You.
    j

  5. I'd love to hear if the 12 foot stump grew back. My queens are way too tall, and I'd like to chop 'em—like a banana tree???

  6. Hi again. I asked a question a few months back but not sure where I posted it. I have 3 young Queens here in souther Arizona. The winds during our monsoon season beat the crap out of them. Several palm branches were snapped off in high winds. Then I learned that a fertilizer is needed for them here. I’m at a loss long before the trees will be lost. Help me, please. How can I protect them and keep them healthy?

  7. Hi Greg. To protect your palm from high winds, tie up the branches during especially windy days. Regular fertilizing should also help by strengthening the tree. ~Susan Brian

  8. Hi i have a question about the coloring of the branches! We planted the palm 3 weeks ago Sunday and the branches are turning yellow and brown! We have have one on each tree! Does that mean it’s getting too much water or not enough water? Is it dieing? Please help they are very large over 10 ft and were expensive… I want to care for them properly ??
    Thank you so much!!

  9. Hi Kerri. Sorry to hear about your palms. A lot of times large Queen Palms have problems establishing after being transplanted. Palms usually experience transplant shock for a few weeks after being planted. I hope you didn’t fertilize them right after planting because that could definitely create problems. Don’t cut dying fronds. Keep the soil moist but well drained and give them some time to adjust to new place. ~Susan Brian

  10. If my queen palm loses all its fronds will it die or will it be ok to leave it alone to see if it will grow back? The trunk is still very green and looks ok as of now.

  11. queen palm about 4 years old , 4 ft from bottom of trunk looks like someone almost cut it off with a saw– very strange, help
    love my palms— we live in se texas, hurricane season , afraind it might just break in half–

  12. Here’s one I didn’t think about when I planted the 3 young Queens last summer: electricity. There is an outlet about 12′ from one Queen and another Queen is about 16′ away from an outside outlet. There was a late summer thunderstorm last year which produced a bolt of lightening that hit my neighbors house. That bolt took out the outlet and fried my pool pump. Within a month the two young Queens started to show stress and fronds began to die. Then, as AZ goes in winter, it froze. Those two palms didn’t have a chance after getting zapped. Luckily, the third one barely survived the winter and is beginning a slow recovery. Maybe I’ll plant metal palms in the holes of the dead two.

  13. Last year the crown of my Queen Palm turned brown and died. The remaining branches have stayed green and the trunk looks fine. Will the new growth ever come back?

  14. we had a queen palm we just had to remove because the trunk was deteriorating the roots seemed fine but there wasn’t anything much left of the trunk at the bottom… The palm fronds were beautiful and green.. do you have any idea what the problem could of been… thank you

  15. How much is a full mature queen palm tree worth. I need it moved. And I would hate to destroy it. It around 30 ft. tall.

  16. We have a 30 foot queen palm behind our house facing north. The tree did fine the first few years but now the palm fronds are turning brown and hanging down. Even a new green frond is hanging down today. We went to the nursery where we bought it and they gave us a special fertilizer to give it a boost. It is watered 2 times a week. We are afraid we will lose this tree. Can you help?

  17. Hi Sherry. There is so many things that can effect palm trees. If it is a simple nutrient deficiency, then some fertilizer will do the trick. Make sure to apply it properly to avoid root and trunk fertilizer burns. ~Susan Brian

  18. I had to cut my palm tree down due roots growing thru the pool, will the cutting grow if I replant the stump?

  19. I planted my palm last year…it looked great…no brown, no yellow, all of a sudden one day a big stalk fell onto my waterfall…i thought something broke it, ie cat….next day almost all were laying down….we did have a lot of lightening a couple days before but the other one sitting right next to it was fine…i was told to wrap x-mas lights and burlap to keep it from freezing which I did probably a month ago….too much heat, moisture???? Can I save it?

  20. Sadly I need to have my two cocos palms cut down due to plumbing problems. As the stump scruncker is too large for access the tree removalist can only cut down to ground level and not remove the roots.
    My question is, will the roots continue to grow?
    If so would the cutting increase or decrease the roots growth rate?

  21. Hi Susan. The roots of the palm will die after the tree is cut :( ~Susan Brian

  22. Hi Lee. Once you cut the bud of the palm, it will die. ~Susan Brian

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  24. i have a queen palm and the bottom half of the trunk rotted, and the top half of the tree fell over. I have cut the tree down. Is there any possibility of salvaging the top halve of the tree or is it a goner?

  25. Hi, I have many fresh Queen palm seeds, does it matter if I am trying to germinate them during winter season and how many days does it take?

    Thank you.

  26. Hi, I have many fresh Queen palm seeds, does it matter if I am trying to germinate them during winter season and how many days does it take?
    Thank you.

  27. I have a 25′ queen palm that is splitting on opposite sides in the trunk. Is there any way to save it?

  28. Hi,,, Please can any one help me out how to rid ants from the roots of my Queen palm trees, Ants are all round the roots and on trunk of my Queen Palm trees. Thanks?????

  29. Do florida black bears eat the fruits that drop from queen palms? My neighbors seen to think they are the reason that our “local hood bear” is hanging around our street.

  30. We planted three queen palms in our back yard last spring. They looked great until a cold weather snap came through. Now, all of the fronds are brown. I have pruned very little and the trunks and roots have not been damaged otherwise. Are they dead or will come back?

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