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- Ptychosperma elegans

- Carpentaria acuminata

- Veitchia arecina

- Archontophoenix cunninghamiana "Illawarra"

 

What do you think?  Thank you!

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James B

It all depends on your climate. 
 

50 miles inland in Socal A. “Illawarra” is nothing more than an inferior version of A.Cunninghamiana. I turns completely yellow in the sun, is skinny, slow and an overall wimp. 
 

A.Cunninghamiana would be the fastest on that list in my climate of you were to toss Illawarra to the curb and replace it.

 

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Peachs
10 hours ago, James B said:

It all depends on your climate. 
 

50 miles inland in Socal A. “Illawarra” is nothing more than an inferior version of A.Cunninghamiana. I turns completely yellow in the sun, is skinny, slow and an overall wimp. 
 

A.Cunninghamiana would be the fastest on that list in my climate of you were to toss Illawarra to the curb and replace it.

 

Thanks.

I mean, for example, considering half shade for all and the same temperatures, in good conditions.

 

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Missi
1 hour ago, Peachs said:

Thanks.

I mean, for example, considering half shade for all and the same temperatures, in good conditions.

 

Relative humidity and water will also be factors.

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Peachs
32 minutes ago, Missi said:

Relative humidity and water will also be factors.

Yes, but I do not mean which one grows faster in its perfect environment, but which one is more adaptable, for example to shade or less humidity, and in general you have better growth capacity.

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Davidl

Carpentaria’s are like rockets here in south Florida. Cunninghamiana I would say is second  and then Veitchia and last the elegans. 

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James B
On 9/15/2021 at 6:44 AM, Peachs said:

Yes, but I do not mean which one grows faster in its perfect environment, but which one is more adaptable, for example to shade or less humidity, and in general you have better growth capacity.

I think sharing you location would help members answer your question is best as possible.

Coastal CA is very different from Inland CA, different more from Florida, and very different from HI.

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Cocoa Beach Jason

For me in my Florida climate the ptychosperma elegans is the slowest. Flip a coin on the others or it depends on individual specimen vigor. I have no experience with “illawarra” so no useful input there. 

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ruskinPalms

My one cunninghamiana was labeled illawarra and in my opinion in my area it has been a slow grower. But, I probably don’t give it enough water in the dry season here. It has gotten more tolerant of the sun here as it has gotten older. V. arecina can be rockets if provided plenty of water and fertilizer in my experience. I’m just now experimenting with P. elegans from seed so I’ll have to get back with you on that one. And I don’t have Carpentaria so I can’t comment other than they are supposed to be fast. If you’re looking to grow indoors, I had good luck with Adonidia in my apartment days believe it or not. Reality is, all these palms want to be in the ground in a tropical to really warm subtropical climate lol, but some do ok indoors like in malls etc. 

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RedRabbit

Here’s the right order:

1. Carpentaria acuminata

2. Veitchia arecina

3. Archontophoenix cunninghamiana "Illawarra"

4. Ptychosperma elegans


1 and 2 are definitely in the correct order, I’m not 100% sure on 3 and 4. 

 

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Jeff Searle

My list would be,

Carpentaria

Veitchia

Ptychosperma

Archontophoenix

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Mikelzz

I agree.. here in Sarasota my Carpentaria and Veitchia palms outgrew anything in record time   The Archontophoenix are slow to start and then grow quickly ,, but i had to re-locate my Arch Purpurea to a shadier spot ,,,    Ptychosperma is also a very fast grower after it's second year..

another fast grower was the Foxy Lady hybrid 

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