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Palms: Dwarf Sugar

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STATS

Common Name: Dwarf Sugar Palm
Scientific Name: Arenga engleri
Zone: 10B-11
Growth Rate: Moderate
Origin: Philippines
Salt Tolerance: Low
Drought Tol.: Moderate
Typical Height: 12' OA

DESCRIPTION

Broadly speaking, the origin of the Dwarf Sugar palm is listed through several sources as the content of Asia. Others dispute this broad geographic description regarding the origin and site more specific locations such as the Philippines, Southern Japan and Taiwan.

The Dwarf Sugar palm has dark green leafs with slender, clean, distinctly ringed trunks.

The olive green colored pinnate leaves will grow up to 8’ long creating a maximum spread of 16’. Max heights are generally at 10’. Exceptions do occur but are not ordinary.

The Dwarf Sugar palm naturally grows in cluster form with the new growth emerging from the soil line close to the plant. This is a similar growth pattern to clumping bamboo.

Its clustering nature allows the palms to be closely planted as a screen but will also become a handsome standalone specimen when given time and space.

The flower stalks look like spikes and grow from among the leaves. One Arenga engleri produces both male and female flowers and can reproduce on its own. The flowers are very colorful and are noted industry wide for their sweet smell.

The fruits are about 1” in diameter. Don’t try to eat them though, they are caustic.

This palm invented recycling!

Arenga engleri is a clustering palm that is multi stemmed. Producing suckers, also known as basal offshoots, these suckers grow to their maturity and then replace the older stems as they die.

This screening or stand alone palm is known by many names. Formosa palm, Taiwan sugar palm, dwarf sugar palm, Taiwan Arenga palm.

Arenga engleri does best when planted in moist soils and receives regular fertilization. It doesn’t really tolerate drought conditions and can fail to thrive if kept in dry soil with little nutrition.

Best results occur when the soil is kept moist and regular fertilization occurs.

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