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Queen Palm

The Queen Palm Tree, scientific name Syagrus romanzoffiana, is one of the most popular palms in 
tropical and subtropical climates because of its beautiful appearance and low maintenance. The Queen 
Palm is also known as Cocos Plumosa, and Jeriva Syagrus romanzoffiana. It is native to the South American 
woodlands of Brazil and Argentina. This palm is very inexpensive. 

Growth Rate: Fast
Height: up to 50ft
Light Requirement: full sun to some shade
Water Requirement: moderate
Cold Tolerance: down to 25F


Syagrus romanzoffiana has smooth single trunk ringed with leaf scars and topped with dark green feathery 
fronds. Pinnate leaves grow upward more so than outward. The stem of the leaf is about 5 – 15ft long and has 
double rows of leaflets. Each leaflet blade approximately 18 to 36 inches long. With regular fertilization it can 
grow to a maximum height of about 50 feet. During summer months Queen Palm will surprise you with beautiful 
clusters of creamy flowers on a green stalk that grows underneath its leaves. In the early winter a green fruit 
will appear that will turn orange as it matures. This fruits, also called “dates”, have round shape and are about 
1 inch long with one single seed inside. The Queen Palm fruit smells nice but is not editable. When dates fall 
to the ground they create sticky piles of rotting fruit that attract disagreeable insects. Groupings of three or 
more Queen Palms provide soft filtered sunlight perfect for shade gardens. It is also worth mentioning, that 

Queen Palm tree has a shallow root-base and is known for falling during high winds and hurricanes.

Growing Queen Palm

Queen Palm is a fast growing palm that can tolerate cold down to 25F. It grows around 6 feet per year after 
establishing. This palm can get to 50 feet tall and 20 feet wide. Queen Palm grows very well in full sun 
although full sun with some shade is preferred.