The enchanting foxtail palm is extremely popular for its perfect proportions, self-cleaning habit and full, rounded fronds.
A tropical showstopper in the landscape, the foxtail is available in single or multi-trunk specimens. Its smooth gray trunk is topped with a bright green crownshaft and big tufted fronds that resemble the bushy tail of a fox.
The charismatic beauty of this palm works in almost any landscaping, as long as the house itself isn't overwhelmed by its size.
Foxtails are fast growers, reaching an ultimate height of about 30 feet.
They're best suited for Zone 10, though areas of Zone 9B that closely border Zone 10 will work with normal winter temperatures.
These South Florida palms like plenty of sunshine and they're moderately drought-tolerant once established, though a regular watering is ideal.
The foxtail is a moderately salt-tolerant palm and it's self-cleaning (old fronds fall off by themselves).
Plant with organic peat humus or top soil added to the hole.
Foxtails can be heavy feeders. Fertilize with a granular palm fertilizer containing micronutrients...do this in spring, summer and autumn.
Supplement feedings by applying manganese or magnesium every so often to keep the fronds their prettiest deep-green color.
You'll never have to trim a frond, since old ones fall off on their own.
Fronds are large on this palm, so plant a single specimen at least 8 feet from the house (and even farther for multiple trunks, since they bow out) to allow the head of the palm room to flush out without fronds being damaged.
If planting a row of foxtails, place them at least 6 feet apart. If the "head" of the palm clears a fence or low structure, you can place it as close as 3 feet from the fence.
Foxtail palms will work well in large containers while they're young.
Like all plants, palms produce flowers and seeds.
After flowering, a more mature foxtail bears a large, heavy cluster of fruit containing seeds.
The fruit is showy and bright red, each one the size of a small tomato.