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Rhapidophyllum hystrix
@ J.C. Raulston Arboretum, NC

Rhapidophyllum hystrix

Needle Palm

Item #: 1087

Zones: 6a to 10b

Height: 100" tall

Culture: Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

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The hardiest of palms, Rhapidophyllum hystrix is a slow-growing Southeast US (Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina) native that has withstood -9 degrees F here with NO damage (without protection or special siting). We expect established needle palm specimens should handle -20 degrees F. This short-trunked, clump-forming, hardy palm has typical cut-leaf, green palm foliage and sharp "needles" at the base to protect the seeds...very rare! In marginal climates, it's best to plant needle palms early in the season and protect them the first couple of winters until they become well-established. In colder climates, we recommend up-potting young Rhapidophyllum hystrix plants and keeping them indoors until they are larger.