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THURSTON'S PALM
Pritchardia thurstonii

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Photo Locations: Kona and Maui, 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 Hawai'i before human arrival, and pollen records indicate that they dominated dry lowland forests in some areas. This slow growing palm, native to Fiji, grows well in full sun, moist, well-drained soil, and is relatively wind tolerant. It does best in alkaline soil as it grows on limestone soils in its native range. It can be distinguished from P. pacifica by the fact that the inflorescence hangs below the foliage. Pritchardia thurstonii has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of -4 (Low Risk), and the Plant Pono link is: https://plantpono.org/pono-plants/pritchardia-thurstonii/.

Native to Fiji.

Family: Arecaceae

Additional Common Names

THURSTON'S PALM, LAU FAN PALM

Tree Characteristics

Compact and Erect Low or High Canopy.

Palm Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 15 - 30 feet.

Width: 10 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.

Leaves Palmately Compound, Light Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Inconspicuous. .

Few, Reddish Purple Drupe, Very Small (Under 0.25 inches).

Bark Light to Dark Gray, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Wet Fruit and Leaves.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Neutral to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Coastal Good.

Seaside Tolerance is Good.

Special Uses & Values

Specimen, Street Tree, Buffer Strip.

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

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