Rhapis excelsa

Rhapis Palm, Broadleaf Lady Palm


A very elegant and graceful, multi-stemmed species of fan palm. This clumping plant has glossy, green palmate leaves, deeply divided into broad, ribbed segments. New foliage emerges from a fibrous sheath, that persists at the base of the stem. As the plant ages, sheaths fall and reveal bamboo-like trunks. Small inflorescence are formed at the top of the plant, with spirally-arranged fleshy flowers, followed by fleshy, white fruit. Easy to grow and adaptable to a wide range of conditions and soil types, it prefers neutral to acid, well drained soils with regular addition of compost. Rhapis palm is valued for its ability to cope with low light and humidity levels, making it highly suitable for indoor and sheltered positions, such as offices and malls. Also very good as a potted specimen and in shady spots in the garden. Can be grown in full sun but leaves will yellow and may burn. Quite cold hardy.


DimensionsHeight: 2 to 4m, Width: 2m
Aspect Full shade
OriginSouthern China and Taiwan
Pests & diseasesNo major problems
Typical sizes200mm, 300mm, 400mm

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