Rhopalostylis sapida Auckland
This lovely palm has received much publicity in recent years, and with good reason: it is one of the few crownshaft
palms that can be considered even remotely hardy, and its feathery leaves add a really exotic touch to the temperate
and cool subtropical garden. Easy to germinate but slow growing to begin
with, it speeds up as it gets older, finally producing what is surely one of the most handsome palms of all. Coming
from New Zealand, it thrives in moist conditions in deep, rich soil and is happiest in shade as a young plant. Mature
trees can tolerate -4°C / 25°F or so. Our seeds were collected from populations in the vicinity of Auckland.