Common Names: Mazari Palm
Family: Arecacea/Palmae (palm Family)
Palm Drought Tolerant Has evergreen foliage Has Unusual or
Perhaps one of the toughest and hardiest palms is Nannorrhops
ritchieana, the Mazari palm. Although this palm does not form a
traditional trunk, it looks just as striking in any landscape.
Mazari palm grows in a shrub or mounding form 10-20 ft (3.1-6.1m)
tall and spreading even more than that. The semi-palmate leaves,
similar to those of cabbage palm, are about 4 ft (1.2 m) wide, 4 ft
(1.2 m) long and have unarmed petioles, 1-3 ft (0.3-0.6 m) long.
Mazari palm does not have a crownshaft and its stem remains below
ground. Mazari palm has branches above ground and slowly develops a
bushy shrublike appearance. Each stem or branch is monocarpic which
means that it flowers only once, then dies back and produces an
offshoot. The white flowers are held out and above the foliage in
4-6 ft (1.2-1.8 m) long branching clusters. The fruits, which are
edible, are 0.5 in (1.3 cm) in diameter and are brown to orange in
color, with a single seed.
Mazari palm is native to the deserts of central Asia from
Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Arabian Peninsula.
Mazari palm tolerates poor, dry, infertile soils. Although growth is
normally very slow, proper care and fertilization can speed it up
significantly. Mazari palm is susceptible to lethal yellowing and
Light: Full sun.
Moisture: Mazari palm is very drought tolerant - but you should
water when dry to speed up the growth rate.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 8 - 11. Mazari palm is adapted to desert
conditions of extreme hot and cold, and is one of the most cold
hardy palm known.
Propagation: Mazari palm is propagated by seeds which geminate
slowly and sporadically over a long period of time. It also is
possible to divide the clumps.
Mazari palm makes a conspicuous accent palm with its striking
powdery blue-green leaves and rangy, spreading form. It does best in
cool dry climates and even tolerates heavy frosts quite well but it
also grow well in tropical or semi-tropical locations. In its native
habitat, the young leaves and fruits are eaten. Other parts of the
palm are used for thatching, fiber for weaving and rope, and for
This is a palm for dedicated gardeners who live where it's too cold
to grow palms! Other cold hardy species, like the needle palm (Rhapidophyllum
hystrix) and dwarf blue palm (Sabal minor 'Louisiana'), are probably
better choices for zone-cheating palm enthusiast but true palm
fanatics will probably want to grow one of these too. In its native
habitat, Mazari palm is often covered with snow for much of the
winter. Mazari palm's striking blue-green color makes it a wonderful
eye catcher in any landscape.