Common Names: Majesty Palm
Family: Arecacea/Palmae (palm Family)
Palm Tolerant of Shade and Low Light Conditions Can be Grown in
Containers Grows Well Indoors. Has evergreen foliage Has Unusual or
Majesty palms on the lot for sale
Thousands of Majesty palms are sold by the national home and garden
chains. If you do not live in Zone 9 or higher this palm is NOT
hardy in your climate. The first hard freeze of the season will kill
it - but you can still enjoy growing beautiful specimens in
This is a beautiful feather-leafed palm whose symmetrical form and
smooth, flared trunk combine to create living sculpture for the
landscape. For the same reason Majesty palm has become a popular
plant for indoors as well. Smaller specimens are vigorously marketed
as houseplants while larger plants are common inhabitants of office
and shopping mall interiors. This palm is such an item of commerce
that even its common name, MajestyŽ, is a trademark. Alan Meerow,
author of Guide To Landscape Palms reports that there is confusion
as to the identity of Majesty palm. Usually identified as R.
rivularis, he suspects that this palm is actually R. glauca, a
smaller palm growing to less than 20ft (6m) in height whereas R.
rivularis grows to about 40ft (12m).
Native to Madagascar where it, like much of the island's unique
plant life, is rapidly disappearing.
Tolerant of many different soil types but needs sufficient
fertilizer to look its best - feed every 3 months or whenever its
deep green color begins to fade.
Light: Majesty palm will grow in bright sunny areas but tends to
look better in partly shaded areas as an understory plant.
Moisture: Needs moisture, water when dry.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 9 - 11. This palm is not frost tolerant. If
you live in frost-prone parts of Florida or the gulf coast, enjoy
the Majesty Palm like folks up north - in a container!
Propagation: By seed - which you will probably not be able to find.
The good news is this palm is inexpensive and widely available at
most discount garden stores and nurseries.
Majesty palm does well in containers both indoors and out. Use on
patio, deck, or in sun room. If you live in a frost free area plant
one of these beauties as a specimen in a partly sunny area where you
can admire its shapeliness from the house or deck.
This Majesty palm is growing in an Orlando landscape (Zone 9) which
is about its northern limit in Florida.
Only recently introduced to the U.S. gardeners, Majesty palm has
become a familiar tropical foliage plant. It makes an enduring and
fast growing house plant if provided sufficient water (not soggy!)
and occasional doses of liquid fertilizer. I invested five dollars
in a charming 3 foot specimen a few years ago. I planted it in a
container so I could bring it inside during our periodic cold snaps.
As the years pass, this "charmer" has grown into a massive 7 foot
brute - I routinely mangle my back whenever I rescue "his Majesty"
from a frosty night. He's too attractive to sacrifice to a freeze so
I'm compelled to protect him - he's almost outgrown the living room
and now he's demanding a greenhouse...