King Palm Tree – Archontophoenix Cunninghamiana

The King Palm Tree, which bears the scientific name Archontophoenix cunninghamiana, originated from Australia. It is popularly called as Bangalow Palm. This accent trees are widely used in Sydney and Brisbane. It is from the family of Arecaceae and Archontophoenix is its genus. It can grow as high as 20 meters and has a lavender and red fruits. Blooming and fruit-bearing will be witnessed in mid-summer with evergreen foliage. It is known as nice ornamental plant in tropical areas around the world. As it grows, it will build up single, double or triple trunks.

The bangalow palm is present in the southernmost part of California, Florida, Europe and in Asia. There is even a town in New South Wales dubbed as “Bangalow” which is the other word for this kind of palm. The name fits the King plant because when it grow in number, it will cover the hillsides.

At present, there are lots of gardeners who are planting the rent palm trees in NY for they entice several bird species when blooming or fruiting season comes. These situations lead to lesser demands for washingtonia, queen palms and livistona.

Furthermore, most of the bangalow palm can thrive during winter season and during dry hot and windy sunny days. However, it will eventually die if the climate gets intense. Mortality can also be regarded to abandoned and King plants which are not well taken care of. The leaves will form into its full shade when afternoon comes. Generally, it will bring a “tropics” feel.

The crown shaft, smoothness and the encircling leaf bases in the trunk are characteristics of the King Palm trees that distinguished it from other popular palms. The crown shaft is responsible for making the King Palm appeared very tropical. It is complimented with the nice green color and circled big stalk that grants its more tropical impact.

On the other hand, a healthy, well taken cared King Palm has the capability of producing hundreds of new bangalows under it annually. This is one of the problems that the gardener will encounter about this plant. It can accumulate a forest-load of King Palms and weeds in your garden or lawn if ignored. It is a real pain and additional workloads if you maintain a carefully weeded tropical garden. In addition, the falling leaves it will create will crush down plants under it. Imagine an adult King Palm that weighs several pounds will fall down innocent flora below it. Surely, it will whack the little things into death. It will harm every plant that is planted around its path. Early pruning is not an answer because this palm tree is sensitive to infections.

Planting the plant in isolation is the best remedy. Plant spacing should be 12-15 ft distance from each other. To make it look good, plenty of water is needed and should be done regularly. King plants that will lack in water will become yellow, skinny, develop weak trunks and can only holy up to 4 leaves in a time. Much water is needed when it is still in its younger stage, conversely, its water needs will gradually diminish as they will develop into an established height and solid tree.

 

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