Foxtail Palms at Oxley Nursery, Brisbane

Foxtail Palm

Wodyetia bifurcata

Synonyms: Foxy Palm.

Foxtail Palms are a relatively new species on the scene, only having been discovered 1978 in Cape York (Queensland). They have a unique, “fluffy” look which is hard to imitate. As a tall garden specimen, they are hard to beat. Despite coming from tropical Australia, Foxies are quite cold tolerant, even handling light frost. This makes them perfect for all areas of Brisbane, even the western suburbs. Foxtail Palms are a neat plant as far as palms go. Self-cleaning, though they will still produce a fair bit of fruit if the flower bracts aren’t removed.

Applications

  • Tropical gardens
  • Feature plant
  • Shade tree
  • Xeric garden

Care

Easy to grow. Young plants will establish best in part shade, however full sun is best for mature plants. Does best in rich, well-drained soil but is adaptable. Won’t tolerate waterlogged soils for long. Use quality fertilizer such as Troforte or Organic Link regularly to produce strong, clean growth.

Features

  • Tall, elegant feature tree

  • Inimitable “fluffy” look
  • Cold tolerant
  • Single trunk, self cleaning

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Size

Height: 10-15m
Width: 40cm (trunk)

Light

Full sun to part shade

Watering

Moderate watering. Can survive drought periods once established.

Growth Rate

Fast if in good conditions.
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