Wodyetia bifurcata – Foxtail Palm

This is a neat palm with self cleaning leaves, and the foliage is decorative with a dense feathery look, growing from a  grey trunk. It grows to around 10 metres tall in garden situations. This beautiful palm was only brought into cultivation relatively recently, in the 1970’s, and comes from far north Queensland in the Cape Melville range, so is best in tropical to sub tropical climates. The fruit is red when ripe but is toxic.

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Family:Arecaceae
Scientific Name:Wodyetia bifurcata
Common Name:Foxtail Palm
Plant Type:Large tree
Height:5 ~ 10 metres
Width:3 ~ 5 metres
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:All year
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden
Climate Zone:Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Column-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Decorative fruit

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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