General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: 10-20 feet
Plant Spread: 10-12 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Other: Oval shaped, 1 to 2 inch olive green, maturing to bright red when ripe.
Flower Color: Green
White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

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Common names
  • Flame Thrower Palm
  • Blushing Palm
  • Houailou Red Leaf Palm
  • Red Feather Palm

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Location: Southwest Florida
Date: July 2015
Location: My greenhouse, Florida
Date: 2019-03-22
Totally open bright red new frond!
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: National Botanical Garden, DC, Virginia :) | May, 2022
Date: 2022-05-28
Location: National Botanical Garden, DC, Virginia :) | May, 2022
Date: 2022-05-28
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: September 2012
The new leaves of this palm emerge a bright red color (which late
Location: Botanical garden of Madeira
Date: 2023-04-11
Location: My greenhouse, Florida
Date: 2019-11-25
This is the trunk of the variety called 'Watermelon'
Location: Paseo del Parque, Malaga
Date: 2015-03-22
Location: Odessa, FL
Date: 2016-01-25
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