Many Pritchardias are fussy and difficult to grow outside the tropics,
frequently suffering from a yellowing of the leaves. The moderately-sized
P. hillebrandii, which grows in dry forest near sea level on the Hawaiian
island of Molokai, is a very different prospect. It is fast growing, very
modest in its requirements, and its beautiful, rigid and leathery leaves
with a blue-gray cast retain their color. The fruits are mid-sized, and
the seeds are easy and fast to germinate. It is suitable for a wide range
of climates and will even tolerate cool conditions and a little frost.
Excellent also as an indoor specimen.