The Paurotis Palm Tree, scientific name Acoelorrhaphe wrightii, is native to southern Florida. This palm is grown outdoors.
Paurotis Palm Tree Profile
Scientific name: Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Common names: Paurotis Palm is also known as Everglades Palm or Silver Saw Palmetto Palm.
Origin: It is is native to southern Florida.
Appearance: Paurotis Palm has light green leaves with silvery undersides. Along the edges you can see rows of sharp orange teeth, that is a reason for one of the plant’s common names, the Silver Saw Palm. About 25 leaves are arranged into crowns that sit above thin stems that are only 3-4 in (7.6-10.2 cm) in diameter and are covered with loose brown fiber.
Flowers/Fruits: In late spring, Paurotis Palm produces small white flowers. Flowers are born on 4 ft (1.2 m) inflorescences that extends past the leaves. Flowers are followed by small fruits are 1/2 in (1.3 cm) in diameter.
Growth Rate: Moderate. This palm grows up to 20 – 30 ft tall and 5 -10 ft wide.
Outdoor/Indoor Use: Outdoors.
Cold Tolerance: This palm can tolerate cold down to 30F. It is great for USDA Zones 10a (30 to 35 F) to 11 (above 40 F).
Light Req: Partial shade to Full sun.
Water Req: Moderate. This palm can tolerate standing water and it can also tolerate drought.
Maintenance: Easy to Moderate. To prevent nutritional deficiency, apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continuous release formula twice a year during growing season.
Propagation: Propagated by seeds. It will take you 2-3 months to germinate and you would need to keep it warm.