GREEN LEAVES WITH SILVER BACKS
IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND – PROBABLY ONE OF FEW ON THE MARKET
This morning I’m showing you an impossible to find suckering palm from northern India, Tibet and surrounding areas. Quite remarkably, its native habitat is at elevations of 5000 to 7500 feet. As you’d suspect, it tolerates temperatures way below freezing, probably into the upper teens F. I don’t really know for sure as of yet. But, it’s felt to be the most cold hardy of the genus Arenga. It’s not a small Arenga. It can get up to 20 feet with trunks about 8 inches (mature) in diameter. Like other species of the genus, the trunks are hairy and a bit shaggy. Leaves are large and silver colored on their underside. It is a part day sun or filtered light species.
Shown here is a decades old 25 gallon nursery plant. It was grown from seeds that we got about 15 years ago. Yes, they are slow growing. I have this one specimen and maybe one other. It is a huge plant for its container. The habitat photo by is by T. Spanner. The last photo of a domestic plant is by Eric CFPACS.