Rhapidophyllum hystrix (Needle Palm) 5-8 ft; gaining popularity as a landscape plant; thrives in droughty conditions as well as moist shade; rich green fan-shaped fronds give a distinctive look that is welcomed in the landscape; cold hardy to Zone 7. SIZE
I have had these palms growing in Hopewell Township, NJ near Trenton and Princeton, as well as at the Jersey Shore. At the former, they survived -5 deg. F temperatures with no apparent damage. At the shore, they developed into beautiful large bushy clumps of palms. In my estimation, and I am not an expert, they should do well in Zone 6b. I am now trying them in West Orange, another Zone 6b area. That all being said, I shopped around for this hard to get item, and found Mail Order Natives had the best price and shipped very nice specimens.
The plants were in excellent condition when delivered and were a good value. I am totally happy with the purchase.
I ordered eight needle palms in order to create a hedge. They all arrived in excellent condition, and I was surprised at the size of them as well. For the money, and considering the time it takes for needle palms to grow, Mail Order Natives is certainly one of the best sources online for purchasing palms.
Good packaging, plant was undamaged. I appreciated the nice rootball in the bag. This area, near Rochester in upstate NY will give it a real challenge. We have been getting warmer winters lately so it might make it. -I have a winter place near Inverness so I'm familiar with palms: have four large Pindos, a Cabbage (Sabal) palm and lots of saw palmettos in the jungle behind me.
Have ordered many of these plants over the years from Mail Order Natives. None have ever died and the older ones are now large and beautiful. Exotic looking, tough and trouble free. Plants from MON are larger and healthier than any other source.
I planted this a few weeks ago and so far am very happy with it. The Needle Palm arrived in good condition, looking very healthy and good root system.