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Coconut Tree
Scientific Name: Cocos nucifera L.
Family: Arecaceae
Coconut Tree (Cocos  nucifera)
Young Yellow Malayan dwarf coconut tree, at Tropica Mango Nurseries
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10-11

Frost Tolerance: Very cold sensitive, green house only in winter in Phoenix, foliage damaged at 30 F (-1 C), serious damage at 26 F (-3 C), but most death occurs from the tree weakening with the cold and then rotting.

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Probably tropical Asia

Growth Habits: , 50 feet to 60 feet tall (15 m-18 m), 15 feet to 25 feet in spread (4.5 m-7.5 m)

Watering Needs:


Two major classes of coconuts are typically recognized on the basis of stature: tall and dwarf. The ones most commonly planted for commercial purposes are the tall varieties. The dwarf varieties may have originated as a mutation of tall types. The dwarf variety may grow to a height of twenty-five to thirty feet and begin flower after three years, being only about three feet tall. Their life span is only about thirty years. Although highly difficult to grow, the dwarf varieties are valued because they bear early and are resistant to lethal yellowing disease.

Cultural Practices:
Coconut palms cannot bear more than a brief cold and are seriously damaged by even a light freeze. They need full sun and do not survive very long inside a house.

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:

Coconuts take 5 to 6 months to germinate.

Tropica Mango Nursery

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