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Is the Everglades Palm a faster grower than the Mediterranean Fan Palm?
Posted by jay-mid-md on 9/12/2017, 11:38 pm
Edited by jay-mid-md on 9/12/2017, 11:51 pm
Does the Everglades / Paurotis Palm (Acoelorrhaphe Wrightii) grow faster than the Mediterranean Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis)? I've had my Mediterranean Fan Palm for 19 yrs and the trunk is only 14" now. In 19 more years it will be 28". I don't want to wait that long. It had no trunk when I got it but had lots of fronds that were all full. I plant it in the ground each summer and it gets potted and stays indoors each winter. It has some pups coming out of the trunk but I cut them off when indoors and the rabbits chew them off when outdoors. They keep growing back.
I've seen the Everglades Palms in FL and they appeared to be fast growers based on the vertical spacing of each frond base. The trunks look like Lady Palm trunks as far as the vertical spacing of the fronds as compared to most palms. I'm guessing Lady Palms grow faster than Mediterranean Fan Palms but they don't have crowns like Everglades Palms do. But I've read they are slow growers. If this is confusing it's because I'm basing the assumptions on growth speed on appearance.
I'm looking for clarity on the growing speeds. I'm considering an Everglades Palm also because they appear to be small enough to keep indoors for part of each year.
This is my 19 y/o Mediterranean Fan Palm:
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