City Farm Plant of the Month – Bangalow Palm

Bangalow Palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana)

The Bangalow Palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana), also known as a Piccabeen Palm, is a popular single-stemmed palm growing to approximately 6 – 13m.

It grows naturally in creek beds and gullies in NSW and southern QLD, so ideally likes a protected, water rich site. Its worm-like roots can absorb large quantities of water.

It has feathery evergreen foliage, lilac flowers in midsummer with pollen attracting many insects, and bright red globular fruits that are attractive to birds.

Initially a fast growing palm it can be kept to 1.5 – 2m as an indoor potted plant. Because of its shallow root system it is safe to plant near pools, drainage pipes and structures.

Leaf sheaths can be used to make containers and baskets, as demonstrated in the accompanying photo.

City Farm will be closed from 15 December to 10 January

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe Festive Season

Cooloola City Farm Nursery is located opposite the Community Centre at 17 Amity Place off Tin Can Bay Road.

Bangalow Palm Leaf sheath basket

Leaf sheath basket

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