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.
Rhopalostylis sapida grows widely in the north island of New Zealand and on the west coast of the South Island, where it grows in dense colonies. The Nikau Palm is the only palm native to mainland New Zealand. It also occurs in the Chatham Islands which make it the most southerly growing palm in the world.
It was well known and utilised by the Maori who used it for thatching, weaving and also as a food source since the inflorescence makes for a tasty vegetable.
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.