Rhapidophyllum hystrix

The most cold-hardy! Needle palms are hardy to 10 degrees below zero. In the south they can reach 6' wide and 6' high in 10 years, making a dramatic statement in the shade garden. Highly adaptive, we have seen specimens in San Antonio growing in the shade of oaks in dry, rocky, alkaline clay, as well as plants thriving in protected areas of North Carolina, in rich acid soils.
southeast USA
7 to 9
6 feet x 6 feet

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Notes and observations about this plant

VERY hardy!
I've had three breeding "Needle Palms" in the ground since 2004 in zone 6 (Cincinnati, OH). I get perhaps 75 seeds per season (these plants are male/female). Mine survived, with minor damage, minus -19F one night, as well as consecutive nights minus -10F. The palms in my garden were featured in "Ohio Gardener Magazine" in August, 2016, along with my Trachycarpus fortunei 'Wagnerianus' (windmill palms). You can see this variety in London, Vancouver and even Michigan. VERY hardy! (Posted on 5/22/2017 by Matt).
I bought two of these palms after reading about them surviving in the winter cold of Chicago. I live in usda zone 5b just south of Kansas City. I had high hopes for my plants but I made a critical mistake in planting them in full sun. If you are going to purchase this palm I would suggest you follow the suggestion of Rocky Grindstaff on the 9-1-11 post and give them shade. (Posted on 6/27/2012 by Aaron Wollard).
Sun exposure makes a difference
I have several of these. Some are in full sun and some in morning sun only. The ones that only get morning sun look much healthier and have a faster growth rate. The ones in full sun look a little rough. Almost every day this summer has been above 100 degrees though. I can also say the same for my Sabal Minors. sun exposure makes a difference (Posted on 8/31/2011 by Rocky Grindstaff).
Love this palm
Love this palm, it sits out in the open, full sun all summer. Endures a foot of snow ever winter. Never recieves any protection and never has any frond damage.

(Posted on 3/12/2011 by Chad Callahan).
Hardy in Chicago
I have grown this palm in the suburbs of Chicago for the last 5 years. It took -22 without any problem and last year set seed!. (Posted on 12/30/2010 by Doug Shopnitz).

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