The Kentia Palm Tree, scientific name Howea forsteriana, is by far the most popular indoor palm because of its durability and elegant appearance. It is also great for outdoors. It is also known as Sentry Palm and Paradise Palm.
The Kentia Palm can grow up to 45ft tall and 25ft wide. Howea forsteriana has single clean trunk prominently ringed with the scars of shed fronds, very similar to Bamboo Palm. Trunk is slender, dark green when young, but turns brown as ages and exposed to sun. It is about 5 inches in diameter with no crownshaft. When Kentia Palm is mature, its trunk slightly swells at the base.
Three dozen arching evergreen fronds form a graceful crown. Leaves are pinnate, or feather-shaped, about 13ft long, with unarmed leaf stems that are 4-5ft long. Leaves have around 90 leaflets that bend downward in a graceful fashion and are 2.5ft long and 2 in wide. Leaflets are dark green on top and lighter green on the bottom,
Howea forsteriana needs some sun exposure in order to produce creamy flowers that are coming from below the leaves on the 3.5ft long inflorescence. Flowering will occur each year, usually during November and December. It has male and female flowers on the same inflorescence. Adult Kentia Palms will fruit at approximately fifteen years of age. Fruit is oval, around 2 inches, pointed at both ends, and has reddish brown color when ripe.
The Kentia Palm Tree doesn’t require much maintenance and can easily adapt to a wide ranges of soil conditions.
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