Beccariophoenix Alfredii High plateau cold hardy coconut palm
Beccariophoenix alfredii, also known as the high plateau coconut palm, is a relatively newer discovered species of Arecaceae (palms), endemic to Madagascar. It is in the genus Beccariophoenix, and is closely related to the genus Cocos.
Originating in a humid valley west of Antsirabe on the high plateau of Madagascar, at an elevation of abt. 1000 m, Beccariophoenix alfredii sees temperatures that are comparatively cool throughout the year and can drop below freezing at night in winter, making it ideal for warm temperate areas with no more than moderate freezes. Beccariophoenix alfredii is a fairly large palm quite similar to a coconut palm and a perfect replacement for that in cooler climates where the coconut can not survive the winters.
Due to its overall hardiness, B. alfredii is a good candidate for cultivation in USDA zones 9B and greater, though there have been reports of it surviving with protection in 9A. It is best grown in sandy loam soils. Due to its coconut look-alike status, good growth rate, and cold hardiness it may become extremely popular worldwide. To thrive it needs a sunny position, even when very young.
Larger Beccariophoenix alfredii pictured are examples of established plants and those grown in natural habitat. The plant you are purchasing is two years old grown from seed and is currently growing in a 4x4x12 deep treepot and will be similar to the one pictured. Plants are well established with roots growing out the bottom of the pot.
To reduce shipping costs, plants will be bare rooted, with the roots packed in damp peat moss then covered in plastic. I have never had issues shipping cycads or palms in this manner. Fronds may be trimmed to fit in USPS medium shipping tube.
Shipped with USPS Priority Mail with delivery confirmation and tracking. Please note due to my schedule I only ship on Friday and Saturday.