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Products > Rhapis excelsa
Rhapis excelsa - Lady Palm

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Palm
Family: Arecaceae (Palmae) (Palms)
Origin: China (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: 6-10 feet
Width: 8-12 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Rhapis excelsa (Lady Palm) - This is a unique palm that forms dense clumps of slender stems upwards to 12 feet tall that carry neat palmate leaves. These leaves are deeply divided towards the tips with wide ribbed leaflets that are openly spaced with the tips of the divisions haveing a saw tooth edge. The trunks are covered with old leaf bases that are dark brown but if removed can reveal a very thin green ringed trunk. Best in light shade but tolerant of some direct coastal sun. Irrigate regularly to occasionally - pretty tough once established, particularly in coastal garden. Sometimes listed as hardy to the low 20sF but we have had this plant go undamaged through our 1990 freeze with temperatures down to 18F. Because of its tolerance to low light and low humidity it is often used as an indoor plant. Though not known in the wild Rhapis excelsa is thought to have originated from southern China and Taiwan. The name for the genus is from the Greek word 'rhapis' meaning "needle". The specific epithet is from the Latin word meaning "tall" for its tall stems, though it is not the tallest of the genus. It is also commonly called Broadleaf Lady Palm.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Rhapis excelsa.