Montgomery vs Foxtail Palm - Knowledgebase Question

Boca Raton, FL
Question by LField03
June 30, 2007
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 from NGA
June 30, 2007



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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