queen palm Arecaceae (Palmae) Syagrus
romanzoffiana (Cham.) Glassman symbol: SYRO4
Leaf: Alternate, pinnately compound, up to 15 feet long; individual leaflets, lance shaped and 2 to 3 feet long, dark green, gracefully arching.
Flower: Occur on dense, hanging many-branched cluster, creamy yellow-white, appearing in spring.
Fruit: Fleshy drupe, round, 1 inch in diameter, yellow-brown to orange-brown, date-like, occurs in up to 6 feet hanging clusters, may be produced in quantity, ripening late summer to early winter.
Bark: Light grayish brown, ringed, becoming more smooth and cement-like with age.
Form: Tall, slender, straight tree reaching up to 50 feet tall, gracefully feathery top.
Looks like: coconut palm - royal palm - Canary Island date palm
Additional Range Information: Syagrus romanzoffiana is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson