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Rhapidophyllum hystrix

Needle Palm
Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Exposure: Light/Bright Shade
Plant Category: Tropical & Foliage Plants
Height: Minimum 2 feet , Maximum 6 feet
Width: Minimum 1 feet , Maximum 4 feet
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Rhapidophyllum hystrix (Needle Palm) is a fan palm, the sole member of the genus Rhapidophyllum. It is native to the southeastern United States. It is one of the most cold-hardy palms in the world. The Needle fan Palm assumes a shrub like clumping form with several stems growing from a single base, the stems growing very slowly and tightly together, eventually forming a dense base 1–1.2 m tall, with numerous sharp needle-like spines produced between the leaves The Needle Palm is very popular among palm enthusiasts in temperate climates for its extraordinary ability to tolerate cold. Some reports have claimed survival of temperatures as low as -20 degrees F, although more realistic estimates are approximately – 6 degrees F.. A large, well-established specimen has been growing without protection at the United States National Arboretum in Washington, D. C. since the 1960s, a specimen at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens has been flourishing for years, and there are several specimens thriving in the Greater Cincinnati area and several in Southern Oregon.
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