Bismarck Palm - Bismarckia nobilis
The Bismarck palm is endemic to western and northern Madagascar where they grow in open grassland.
Named after a German politician, Otto von Bismarck, with the "noblis" meaning "noble" this palm is well named. Strong, proud and noble it is!
It makes a stunning centrepiece in any large garden. The very large crown needs plenty of space. In their natural habitat they can reach up to 25 metres and I have seen some very impressive specimens here in Queensland.
Bismarckias feature a spectacular silver-blue foliage and are grown throughout the tropics, subtropics and favorable temperate microclimates. The Bismarck palms will suffer from cold damage but they quickly recover. This silver-gray variety will tolerate -3 °C and will recover from -6 °C.
Bismarckia tolerate dry spells but love to grow where rain is regular. They are easy to grow in the right environment and adapt to a wide range of soils but require good drainage, no wet feet!
Planting your Bismarck:
Prepare your planting hole well, your plant has been grown in a tall pot to allow it to establish a long and strong root. Bismarck have sensitive roots and it is important to treat them as fragile, we will take great care when packing them so please be very careful unwrapping your palm and when planting, ensure you do not break the main root when replanting. Bismarcks do not like to be transplanted when much larger, but these young plants will do fine if handled with care :)
When planting the Bismarck palm make sure to not to cover up any part of the trunk.
Plants for Sale: Established Seedling Trees with good roots (see 2nd picture)