garrytsen Posted December 10, 2009 Report Share Posted December 10, 2009 T.princeps -green (Nova) is not new to all ,but very few people see how they look like growing in the habitat and are curious about how theirs will look like when older. Take a look at the photos taken in the habitat. Trachycarpus princeps-Green (Nova) were sold around the world years ago and are still being sold as T.princeps by some as far as I know .But many growing results show that they are different from T.princeps by showing no or very little white powder on the underside of the leaves and also from T.fortunei by exhibiting fast growing habits.The seedling grows faster than regular T. fortunei and has wider and longer leafblades.It is probably the fastest growing Trachycarpus variety. The seedlings stand more erect and have fewer, narrower and more evenly divided leaflets as opposed to wider and irregular leaflets in T.fortunei seedlings with leaves spreading around. The similarity T.princeps-green share with T.princeps is that the split leaflets are narrower forming about 30 degrees angle when they start to have split leaves whereas T.fortunei develop much wider leaves of 180 degree across. I personally think that they do look elegant as the adult palm with larger leaves on a somewhat thinner trunk are more tropical and exotic looking. The largest palm in the habitat I saw is 4-5 meters with a slightly thinner trunk of 15-20cm in diameter.The seedlings divide leaflets within 1.5 year and develop hair earlier than T. fortunei.The leaves are about 80-100cm, bit of erecter than that of T. fortunei and petiole length range 1-1.2m. Trachycarpus princeps grows on the cliff of 1500-2100 m in altitude whereas T.princeps-green is of the same altitude or bit of lower than this. I think it is possible that T.princeps -green is less cold hardy than its counterpart. But still they should be cold hardy somewhere near that of T.fortunei I think. Some say they are less hardy than T.fortunei. From the articles and posting I read about, there is disagreement on this from various people . It is interesting to hear some more opinions and experiences. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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