|Bob Benaim's Nursery||
The Foxtail Palm Tree, scientific name Wodyetia bifurcata, has the most spectacular foliage displays of all
palms. The Foxtail Palm is also known as Fox Tail Palm and Wodyetia Palm. It is native to Australia.
Growth Rate: Moderate to Fast
Height: Up to 20 – 30ft
Light Requirement: Full Sun to Partial shade
Water Requirement: Moderate
Cold Tolerance: down to 25F
Wodyetia bifurcata has a solitary, self-cleaning trunk with smooth green crownshaft. Trunk is slender, dark grey to
light grey, closely ringed, and slightly swollen at the base. It is a fast growing palm that can get up to 30 ft tall. The
Foxtail Palm has about 8-10 arching leaves which grow up to 6-10ft long. Pinnate, or feather-like, fronds emerge
from a smooth green crownshaft look like tail of the fox, hence the name Foxtail Palm.
The Foxtail Palm produces branched flower stalks of creamy inflorescence which grow at the base of the crownshaft.
The Foxtail Palm has male and female flowers growing on the same plant. Flowers are followed by clusters of fruits
which are oval, about 2 in. long, with single seed inside. Fruits are are green when young but turn red to orange-red
when they ripe.
Growing Foxtail Palm
The Foxtail palm has gain popularity because it is very durable and will tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions like
alkaline limestone soils and rocky sands. The Foxtail Palm has a deep root system that helps it to withstand high
winds and makes it easier to tolerate drought.
It likes full sun but can also grow in broken shade. Foxtail likes deep watering with well drained soil. It can tolerate
cold down to 30F and should be protected from frost. It can also grow indoors.