A really tough, ornamental and useful plant for tropical to sub tropical areas, it grows from a large shrub to small tree size. Native from North Queensland to mid NSW, it also grows on many Pacific islands, where the fruit and leaves are edible, and the fibrous foliage is used for weaving and thatching. The fruit is high in beta-carotene and can be roasted or eaten raw, and the leaves are added to jams and curries.
Growing on most soil types, it is highly wind and salt resistant, though not frost tolerant. Best in full sun, but will also grow in part shade. It has male and female flowers, and only females will produce fruit. It puts down interesting looking aerial stilt roots to help the plant to anchor itself.
|Scientific Name:||Pandanus tectorius|
|Common Name:||Pandanus Palm|
|Other Common Names:||Screw Pine|
|Plant Type:||Small tree, Large shrub|
|Height:||4 ~ 12 metres|
|Width:||3 ~ 5 metres|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Summer|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Poolside, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade, Half shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained|
|Propagation Method:||Seed, Division|
|Frost Tolerance:||Not frost tolerant|
|Plant Usage:||Screen, Windbreak|
|Special Uses:||Edible, Pollution tolerant|
Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.