The Areca palm works great as a tropical privacy screen. The soft, fine-textured fronds are full and dense. They are a favorite for privacy, accents and garden backdrops in many South Florida home landscapes. You can leave them fluffy and full to the ground, or thin it out to see more of the trunks. Arecas are said to be deer resistant, though we make no promises.
Areca Palm Specs
They are slow to moderate growers in sun or shade and can reach heights of 15 to 20 feet. Growing wider at the top to 8 to 10 feet or more. You may see leaf tip burn after most winters, even in Zone 10. This palm is moderately salt-tolerant.
Areca Palm Care
These palms are considered self-cleaning, but you’ll probably want to trim off yellowed or browned fronds occasionally. A cold winter may cause the tips of the fronds to brown. You can shear off just the brown tips. Leaf tip burn can also occur when the palm goes too dry. They prefer regular waterings, but like to dry out in between. It is better to leave the brown fronds to fall off on their own.
Fertilize three times a year with a granular palm fertilizer containing micronutrients. The areca palm loves being “fed”. Plant with top soil.
Areca Palm Spacing
For a hedge give the Areca palm about 3 to 6 feet of space. Next to the house plant at least 4 feet away to make sure the palm won’t eventually grow into eaves, gutters or roof lines. The Areca palm makes a stunning pool cage specimen, and can be grown in a container as well.
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