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Red Latan Palm
The Red Latan Palm Tree, scientific name Latania
lontaroides, is a large striking fan palm that is well-known for
its stunning reddish color leaf-stems. This attractive palm is very similar to Blue Latan Palm and the Bismarck
Palm. The Red Latan Palm is also known as Latania borbonica, Latania commersonii, and Latanier Rouge.
It is native to the Island of Reunion where they are being threatened to extinction.
Growth Rate: Slow
Height: Up to 30 – 40ft
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Partial shade
Water Requirements: Moderate
Cold Tolerance: down to 20F
Latania lontaroides is a slow growing palm that can grow up to 30-35ft tall with 15ft wide spread. It has a single
clean trunk, slightly swollen at the base. Trunk is smooth, woody, about 10 inches in diameter, lightly ringed by
the scars from the fallen fronds. Large, palmate, or fan-shaped, leaves create a rounded crown 15-20ft across. Stiff
leaves are supported by large armed stems 4-5ft long. Young palms have reddish leaves, petiole, leaf margins and
veins, hence this palm’s common name Red Latan Palm. As they grow their leaves lose their color and turn green.
Leafstems and the leave margins always stay red. The surface of each leaf is covered with a whitish, waxy deposit,
providing a silvery appearance to the palm. During spring, the Red Latan Palm produces small yellow flowers
that grow in clusters on 6ft long inflorescence that emerge from among the leaves. Red Latan Palm is dioecious,
male and female flowers are born on separate plants. Flowers are followed by oval fruit. Fruit is brownish green,
fleshy, 2-3 inches long, with a single seed inside. Seed is round at one end but pointed at the other.
Latania lontaroides enjoys full sun with regular watering. It grows best in moist well drained soil. The minimum
temperature this palm tree can withstand is roughly 24-28 degrees F. The Red Latan Palm Tree can also grow indoors.