royal palm Arecaceae Roystonea
regia (Bartram) F. Harper
|Leaf: Alternate, pinnately compound, up to 12 feet long; individual leaflets, lance shaped and 2 to 3 feet long, dark green, gracefully arching.
Flower: Occur on dense, hanging many-branched cluster, stems are light yellowish green, very fragrant, appearing in spring.
Fruit: Fleshy drupe, round, 1/2 inch in diameter, dark blue, occurs in hanging clusters.
Twig: Absent since leaves appear directly from the top unbranced trunk.
Bark: Light grayish brown, smooth, looks like cement, young stem will be smooth and bright green.
Form: Tall straight tree reaching up to 125 feet tall with a graceful feathery top.
Looks like: coconut palm
- queen palm
- Canary Island date palm
| Additional Range Information:
Roystonea regia is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting royal palm.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson