SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Kona, Hilo and Maui, HI and Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA
Utility friendly tree.
Lady palm is commonly used as a hedge, screen, or border in mass plantings. It is also a commonly grown house plant. This is a small palm, often clustering and branching from the ground level, and rarely achieving a height of greater than twelve feet. It prefers shady, moist protected areas. Rhapis excelsa has no HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score.
Native to China.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 5 - 15 feet.
Width: 5 - 15 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Palmately Compound, Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. . Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Berry, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches).
Bark Red Brown, Fibrous or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 12 - 17 and 19 - 24; H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 10.
Exposure Partial Shade to Full Shade.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Moderate on Coast.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Texas Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered Low.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Rhapis excelsa Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 9, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/rhapis-excelsa >
SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
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