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In The Garden: Dress up a palm garden with lipstick palm

By Staff | Jun 9, 2020
PHOTO PROVIDED Lipstick palm

The lipstick palm, also known as red sealing wax palm or rajah, is an ornamental palm. With striking bright red crown shafts, leaf sheaths and a bamboo-like appearance, it makes a visually pleasing addition to a palm garden or tropical landscape.

The lipstick palm is a favorite among many landscapers and gardeners. Its aesthetic appeal and overall uniqueness makes the palm an easy consideration when designing a tropical landscape. Its native habitat is Southeast Asian countries in rainforests and swamps. It is important to note that as a water hungry plant, it only thrives in wet and humid environmental conditions, making it a perfect match for our tropical islands. However, it is best to plant the palm away from beach areas due to its low salt tolerance.

The lipstick palm makes an ideal palm for adding some color near a water feature, planted in or near a wet area of the landscape, and also makes a nice specimen when it is planted in a pot around the pool. The palm makes a great indoor potted palm as it prefers partial shade when it is young. However, as it matures it will adapt to more sun, so when it outgrows the inside area, it can be planted directly in the outdoor landscape with a gradual introduction to sunny conditions. It is considered a slow growing palm that can potentially reach 30 feet high and approximately 15 feet wide.

Overall, the lipstick palm is a distinct palm growing in popularity. It is another palm to be considered when adding to our diverse tropical palette in the Southwest Florida landscape.

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