Old Man Palm
Scientific Name: Coccothrinax crinita Becc.
Coccothrinax crinita

Size: Slowly up to 20 feet (6 m) up to 14 feet (4.2 m) in diameter
Min. Temperature: 26 to 28F (-3 to -2C)
Water Requirements: Moderate water
Sun Requirements: Full sun to shade
Origin: Cuba
Germination: takes 6 months to germinate
Leaf: Palmate, 15 to 25 almost circular leaves, green above, dull gray below. 38 segments, with split tips, up to 5 feet in diameter (1.5 m). unarmed, 3 feet long (90 cm).
Trunk: Covered with long hair like fibers., to 8 inches in diameter (20 cm). It appears bigger because of the the thick hair covering.
Flower: Bisexual yellow flowers. Flower stalk coming from among the leaves, 5 feet long.
Fruit: Purple. 1 inch long (2.5 cm). round.
Seed: round, wrinkled.

The Old Man palm is a striking palm, with its hair like fiber covering the trunk, unfortunately it is fairly frost sensitive and will need frost protection in most areas.


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