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Ornamental, food (bud and small fruits are edible).
Very Slow / Slow.
Can grow to 25 feet, though is typically smaller. 10-12 feet is typical for the species, 4-6 feet in cold climates. Spread is wide and attractive.
Flower stalk to 3 feet long, yellow flowers.
Moderately tolerant of salt and very tolerant of drought. This is practically a desert species.
Extremely adaptable provided soils are very well drained. Has few nutritional requirements.
Like all cold-hardy palms, it is very susceptible to cold, drying winter winds. Plant this palm in a wind-protected location (or construct a winter wind shelter). This will prevent it from losing leaf tissue to freezing dehydration.
The rare green form comes form the one of harshest environments palms are known to inhabit naturally. The green form comes from the high altitude desert-like flatlands of Pakistan where they withstand yearly temperature extremes. Once established, which can take 6-7 years, the green form is hardy a few degrees below 0 F. This is only apparent if the roots are kept dry, crucially important for this species' survival in the cold.
None reported in cold climates.
Nannorrhops ritchiana is native to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Arabia. The green form, which is definitely the hardiest, comes from Pakistan.
This green form is extremely slow-growing. Patience is a must with this species as it may take a decade to have a specimen large enough for trial outdoors in a cold climate. Drainage is of utmost importance during the winter. It should be noted that there is a hardy silver form of nannorrhops ritichiana occurring inland in Iran which may have comparable hardiness. Both the green form and the Iranian silver form are significantly hardier to cold than the typical species.
Seeds, which can often be slow to germinate. Soaking for 24 hours significantly sppeds up germination. These guys love bottom heat for sprouting. Germination usually takes a week to four months.
Can be grown in a container for many years. It is a slow growing species which needs full sun.
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