Cuban Royal Palm
A massive, symmetrical, vertical statement unachievable with any other palm from a design standpoint. When placed in a linear setting these giant columns of nature seem to define a road with a tremendous sense of direction or wide avenue like no other as it seems to dwarf most activities in the horizontal plane. When planted in a circle or any enclosed geometric pattern it defines the seemingly enclosed volume with a true sense of importance to the space it graces. It is uniquely effective in evening settings when the smooth light gray trunks are lighted by unique up-light fixtures that reflect its magnificent dominance of the landscape. The pinnate leaves have 8″-12″ leaflets that are arranged in rows along its 10′-14′ length in a bright deep green presentation. Its canopy comprises 15-20 leaves that sit atop the crown shaft that sometimes appears glossy in nature.
Origin: Cuba. Imported into Florida in great numbers during the 20’s and 30’s the Cuban Royal Palm is most often the species encountered in our region.
Characteristics: The trunk of the Cuban Royal Palm is swollen at the base while it constricts about halfway up and then bulges again just below the crown shaft creating a dramatic profile. Thrives in full sun, and while not particular about the soil it is planted in it does require adequate amounts of water until it has fully established itself. Once established in its setting it will tolerate both flooding as well as drought. Mature trees can grow to 120 ft. These palms do extremely well under hurricane conditions losing the majority of its leaves but staying upright and intact where it was planted. Will survive short periods of cold spells down to 25 F if short in duration.
USDA Zones 10-11.