May 2012 – Carpentaria Acuminata

Carpentaria Acuminata

Carpentaria Acuminata
(Carpentaria Palm)

A distinctive palm which can be recognised by its slender, grey trunk and graceful crown of distinctly curved or arching fronds with the leaflets obliquely erect. A fast-growing species with a highly ornamental appearance, aided by large, colourful clusters of bright scarlet fruit.

The species has become deservedly popular in northern Australia and is being planted on an increasing scale elsewhere. While this palm can be grown as a specimen, it is also well suited to planting in groups.

Plants need well-drained soil and an abundance of water during dry periods, especially when small. Young plants need some protection for the first 2 or 3 years but once established they will tolerate considerable sun.

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