The Bismarckia palm is a slow grower to 30 feet or more…and each thick, fan-shaped frond can reach 10 feet in diameter. Bismarckia will grow in full sun to part shade but do best in sunniest areas. They are considered to be moderately salt-tolerant palms and drought-tolerant. Once established, Bismarckia’s can handle some cold damage.
First of all use top soil or organic peat moss as a soil amendment when you plant. This is not a self-cleaning palm, but it grows slowly so trimming off old fronds won’t be necessary very often. If the palm sustains some winter cold damage, prune off affected fronds in spring, leaving on as many as possible for the health of the palm. Apply a granular palm fertilizer 3 times a year – once each in spring, summer and fall.
Choosing a location for a palm that gets this big takes careful planning. You’ll need a planting area at least 15 to 20 feet in diameter. Your young palm may look “small” now, but get it too close to the house, drive, or walkways, and you may lose it eventually. Bismarckia’s don’t like their root systems disturbed and often won’t survive transplanting. This palm is generally too big to be a good container plant.
Mature Height: 30’+
Mature Width: 20’+
Light Required: Full/Partial Sun
Water Requirements: Drought Tolerant
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