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SEALING WAX PALM
Photo Locations: Kona, Oahu, Papaikou and Maui, HI
This small to medium-sized palm is native to swamps of Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It’s grown ornamentally through the tropical world for its bright red crownshaft and leaf sheaths. The red wax used to seal documents and letters does not come from this plant, although the color of the shaft resembles it. The species requires warm temperatures and does not tolerate periods of drought. Cyrtostachys renda has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of 1.
Native to Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, and Borneo.
Additional Common Names
SEALING WAX PALM, LIPSTICK PALM, RED SEALING WAX PALM
Erect with a High Canopy.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 20 - 30 feet.
Width: 10 - 15 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Leaves Pinnately Compound, Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Green, White. Flowers in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Few, Green Drupe, Very Small to Small (Under 0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer.
Bark Gray, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Low in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit and Leaves.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun.
Wet to Moist Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Low.
Seaside Tolerance is Good.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Cyrtostachys renda Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
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