cunninghamiana (Bangalow Palm)
The Archontophoenix cunninghamiana (Bangalow Palm) is a common palm in Southern California
and is mistaken frequently for the Archontophoenix
alexandrae (King Palm). In most cases,
it is extremely difficult to tell the
difference. The Bangalow Palm is more
frost tolerant then the King Palm and
for that, is a better choice in Southern
California. The origin of either species
is Australia. The typical height is 30
feet when mature, its growth rate is moderately
fast, and it will respond well to regular
feeding. The hardiness zone is 10A-11.
The Bangalow Palm is very attractive when
planted in groupings of two or more. They
do well in full sun, as pictured here,
in the Jamul area of San Diego County,
where summer temperature can reach in
excess of 100 degrees, and winter temperatures
below freezing. Applications of chelated
iron in late summer to early fall are
of great assistance in helping palms such
as these withstand colder temperatures.
Well draining soil is a must.