Palm Trees – Part 2

Palm Trees – Part 1
April 26, 2018
Palm Trees – Part 3
May 10, 2018

The Foxtail Palm has always been a favorite for landscaping and here’s why?

Being a favorite for landscaping specimens, the Foxtail palm originated in Australia. Although considered as endangered in its original habitat, the Foxtail palm is not in danger of disappearing anytime in the near future. As a matter of fact, it is planted far and wide around the globe as a picturesque, ornamental tree. It is very popular for landscaping because you don’t have to trim its branches as they fall off naturally when old to give way to new ones. It also has rounded and full branches, not to mention its perfect proportions. This charming tree easily stands out from its peers because of its thick leaves that look like a fox tail, where its name was derived from.

Foxtail palm is easy to grow and regarded as a medium to fast grower. It is drought tolerant as well as disease resistant and can reach a maximum height of around 30 feet tall. The smooth gray trunk is capped with a bright colored green crown shaft and large branches that look like the shaggy tail of a fox.

Foxtails like plenty of sunshine and are drought tolerant though ideally, once they are established, they still need regular watering. They have the tendency to be heavy feeders, so they have to be fertilized using a granular palm fertilizer with micronutrients. You can do this during spring, summer and fall season. Applying magnesium or manganese occasionally can help in keeping Foxtail branches more vibrant and attractive with their deep green hue.

Since Foxtail branches are large, if planted as a single specimen, you need to distance them 8 feet away from your house or further, in order to allow the palm’s head some room to swill down without the branches being damaged. When planting multiple specimens of Foxtails, set them at least 6 feet apart. They work very well when placed in large containers while young. Just like any other plants, they also produce seeds and flowers. After growing flowers, the more mature Palm bears a heavy and large bundle of fruit carrying seeds. The actual fruit is bright red like the size of a tiny tomato and like the Christmas palm, it is initially green but when ripe, it turns red. However, you cannot eat them as the seeds are quite toxic to humans but you can save some and plant them to begin another tree. The Foxtail seeds are easy to grow when maintained by a responsible and professional gardener.

Mulching around the base of Foxtail palm is a big help in preventing weed infestation, preventing damage to the trunk, and in keeping the area well hydrated. The soil surrounding the palm allows for sufficient draining while a balanced fertilizer helps keep it healthy. And, since it has a self-cleaning habit, pruning is not needed.

With its lush branches, Foxtail Palms surely provide a very interesting and attractive addition to almost any type of Florida landscape. They look great as an architectural figure to a 3-story house, lining a driveway or walkway, or a tropical standout near an unconfined pool. Foxtail Palms can provide an ambiance of privacy and serenity when planted around the back end of your yard as well.