Rhopalostylis sapida

Nikau Palm, Feather Duster Palm

The most southernly growing palm in the world, Rhopalostylis sapida, also known as the Nikau or Shaving Brush Palm, is a wonderful palm for the milder English garden, though it should be protected during the coldest weather.

The Nikau Palm is rarely offered for sale.

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Expert Tip

To give it the best chance of thriving, plant it in a sheltered south facing corner in full sun, and be prepared to wrap it during cold snaps.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

It is a handsome feather palm, best known for its prominent bulging crown shaft and stiff, erect leaves which give it one of its common names. Ultimately it will grow quite tall, but it is a stunning specimen at every stage of its development.

Does well in the conservatory in a slightly shaded position and keep it well watered during the hotter summer months.

Expert Tip

The Nikau Palm is very fickle about transplanting. Transplant in summer, in tall pots with minimal disturbance to the root ball. Keep in a shaded spot until established. Transplant shock is expected in most cases.


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