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KONA PALM
Pritchardia maideniana

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Photo Locations: Maui, Kona, Oahu and CA, Foster Botanical Garden - Honolulu, HI

General Notes

Pritchardia is a genus of about 30 species of fan palms, native to the Pacific Islands, with two-thirds of the species being endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. This was also the only genus of palms growing in Hawaii before human arrival, and pollen records indicate that they dominated dry lowland forests in some areas. The hard wood of the trunk of taller species of loulu was fashioned into spears by early Hawaiians, and the fruit can be eaten. This species is found natively in Fiji and Tonga. Pritchardia maideniana has no HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score.

Has fragrant Fruit.

Native to Hawaii.

Family: Arecaceae

Additional Common Names

LOULU, LOULU PALM, KONA PALM, HAWAII PRITCHARDIA, KONA FAN PALM, MAIDEN'S LOULU, KONA LOULU

Tree Characteristics

Compact and Erect with a High Canopy.

Palm Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 15 - 50 feet.

Width: 10 - 15 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Palmately Compound, Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Yellow or Orange. Flowers in Winter. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Few, Brown to Purple-Black Berry, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Spring Edible.

Bark Gray, Rough or Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Low in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Leaves.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones H1, H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist to Dry and Well Drained Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Neutral to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Coastal Good.

Seaside Tolerance is Good.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to New Guinea Sugarcane Weevil (Rhabdoscelus obscurus).

Special Uses & Values

Street Tree.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Pritchardia maideniana Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/pritchardia-maideniana >

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