carandá, spiny palm
Trithrinax acanthocoma is a relatively hardy, drought-tolerant palm tree that is native to South America. It has a unique, spiny trunk and a crown of arching, green leaves.
This species is a great choice for adding a tropical feel to any landscape. It is easy to care for and can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including clay soils, making it an ideal choice for gardeners looking for a low-maintenance palm tree. It is a very drought-tolerant species and is often used in xeriscaping.
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Care & Size Guidance
It is slow-growing and has a spiny trunk, hence its name. It can reach heights of up to 8 meters and has a crown of up to 2 meters in diameter. Its leaves are green on top and silver underneath.
The spiny palm is not fussy about soil and can happily grow in the poorest soils. Would benefit from having fertiliser applied during the growing period and being watered in in the first few years after planting in the ground to encourage it to establish.
Plant in a sheltered garden in full sun, and protect with horticultural fleece in winter.