Botanical Name: Kentiopsis oliviformis
Distribution: New Caledonia
Growth Requirements: shade when mature, filtered light when young, full sun to part
This tropical clumping palm native to New Guinea is regarded as one of the most beautiful of its genus. Often used as an elegant screening barrier, what makes this palm attractive is its versatility and resilience in the landscape. Unlike your common Areca or Fishtail palms, the schefferi’s tight and compact crown allows it to be used in many settings without consuming much yard space. This species can grow in boh heavy sun to heavy shade and can eventually grow to a size upwards of 25 feet. Once established the palm can handle dry conditions well and is also cold tolerant. Aside from its appeal as a screener it also makes a beautiful accent piece and can be used as an individual specimen in design areas. Its deep purple fruits are both beautiful and powerful bird attractant. Various birds snack on the fruit as they pass through the landscape.