The Q&A Archives: Montgomery vs Foxtail Palm

Question: I've read your Plant Encyclopedia re the the plant details but the characteristics vary from other websites (Fairchild Gardens, etc. As you are an

Answer: Lyn,

As a part of the National Gardening Q&A service I cannot answer for Home Depot as to why they carry one palm over the other. It may just come down to availability or price. However I can comment about the characteristics of those two palms.

Foxtail palms have beautiful and unusual fronds with a bottle brush appearance. They are quite tolerant of soil conditions and are easy to grow. They make a great specimen plant.

Montgomery palms are also beautiful and make a great specimen plant but their fronds are not bottle brushes but rather flatten feather types with wider leaflets. I think the Montgomery Palm is a little more difficult to keep happy depending on the growing site and conditions.

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