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Coccothrinax macroglossa (Azul)

One of the most exciting novelties from Cubas extraordinary flora, a few populations of Coccothrinax macroglossa in Camagüey exhibit a most magnificent leaf color, a dense, shiny white silver below and a steely blue, waxy silver above. It easily rivals the color of the great silver Bismarckia, and makes the palm one of the few with a silver/blue leaf that will grow well in the tropics. It can also manage warm temperate conditions as long as it is not exposed to more than an occasional light freeze. It is quite resistant to drought and well drained soil is essential. A sunny spot is recommended. Like most Coccothrinax it is slow growing at first but speeds up considerably once a trunk is formed. With a maximum of about 6 m (20 ft.) tall, its size of course is ultimately so much more manageable than that of Bismarckia. In Riffle and Craft's Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms, this species is described and pictured as Coccothrinax "azul".

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... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
60% germinated in less than 2 weeks. Soaked for to days and left in moist soil at approx 80 deg F.
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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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