An Australian native from Queensland, it is probably going for our
award for the most beautiful of all palms. It is very hardy and loves
full sun once mature. It has a striking green crownshaft and a smooth
self cleaning light brown trunk. The flowers are cream to greenish,
male and female flowers on the same inflorescence. Flower stalk coming
from below the crownshaft, about a metre long, with bright red fruit.
The leaves are shiny green with a silvery gray underneath and up to 3m
long. This spectacular palm will be equally happy in full sun or indoor
shade. It is also a very good container plant for a patio or large
courtyard as its growth will be slowed but it will still be happy and
healthy in a pot. Landscapers often place two Alexander palms in the
same planting hole to create a jungle effect as the trunks curve away
from each other. The same can be done in pots.