Coccothrinax Argentata Palm Tree
Coccothrinax Argentata (Silver Palm) is but one of about 50 species of coccothrinax palms originating from the West Indian region. The species name, argentata, means silvery. Its native habitat is pine rock lands and coastal hammocks. Wild palms are threatened and rare in the wild in Florida.
Florida Silver Palm grows to 8 feet or less in height. Although the palm can reach 30 feet under ideal conditions. Additionally, the slender trunk has its upper portion covered with webbed fibers. It also has an open crown of large deeply divided fan-shaped leaves
, up to 3 feet wide, with drooping segments. Leaves are dark green above and silvery white below, presenting a striking appearance when they move in the wind.
Furthermore, the fragrant flowers are borne in white clusters, producing purple to black fruits about 3/8 inch in diameter, eaten by birds. Florida Silver palm can be grown from seed.
Coccothrinax Argentata (Silver Palm) does well in poorer soils providing they are well-drained and prefers open sites. Leaves can be used to weave baskets. In landscapes, the palm is a handsome accent or specimen plant and can withstand coastal exposure to salt and wind.
USE AND MANAGEMENT
This palm is most suited for residential and commercial landscapes were the unusual blue foliage can be appreciated. It makes a nice accent in a shrub border, and can be massed together to create a dramatic colorful impact. Place it in a low-growing groundcover to provide an exclamation point in the landscape. Growing in full sun or partial shade, Silverpalm will tolerate any well-drained soil. The palm will grow straight up and provide a beautiful blue accent, even in areas receiving only two or three hours of sun. It is highly salt-tolerant and is especially useful for coastal locations and for soils with a high pH.
|Size:||5-20 ft tall by to 5 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Phenology:||Evergreen. Slow growing.|
|Noted for:||Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance|
|Recommended Uses:||Specimen plant. Slow-growing hedge or background plant. Notable for the silver-white undersides to its leaves.|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Moisture Tolerance:||(Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.|
|Soil or other substrate:||Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock, Sand|
Calcareous (high pH)
Used by birds for nesting and food.
Larval host for monk skipper (Asbolis capucinus).
Bees are attracted to the flowers (Khorsand 2009).
|Native Habitats:||Pine rockland, rockland hammock, maritime hammock|