Washingtonia palm trees originate in the Mexican states of Baja California and Sonora. They were given this name in honour of the first US president, George Washington. The trees feature large, green, fan-like leaves and grow in arid areas. Its main characteristics are its resistance to salt, rapid growth, and easy care, transplantation and maintenance.
There are two types of Washingtonia palm tree:
There are several differences between Washingtonia robusta and filifera. The main difference is that the robusta has a more slender trunk. A third option is a hybrid created by combining both species, known as filibusta. It has more in common with the robusta than the filifera.
Around ten years. It is one of the fasting-growing palm trees in the world. Its ideal climate is a warm one.
Here are a few tips for taking care of this tree:
When small, two or three times per week. Once it reaches the age of one year, a low or moderate level is optimum.
Its life expectancy is around one hundred years.
Up to a metre or even 1.2 metres. This is true especially in warm climates, which are ideal for these palms. It is one of the species that grows the tallest in the entire world. As an adult tree, it can sometimes exceed 15 metres in height and, due to the force of the wind, tends to curve and adopt a permanent slant.
Pruning should be carried out in autumn, in periods where the temperatures are a little lower. It is also recommended to:
At SOSPALM, we have the best treatment for eliminating red palm weevil: endotherapy. This beetle can infest the Washingtonia palm and cause it to die. This is why it’s essential to prevent the appearance thereof or eliminate this pest if it has already colonised the plant.
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