Wodyetia bifurcata x Veitchia winin

, Wodyetia bifurcata x Veitchia winin

Common Name: Graceful Lady Palm

Sun: Mostly full sun (can handle full sun but any variegated leaflets tend to burn)

Growth Rate: Very Fast

Fertilizer: Low

Water: Low to Moderate

Cold Tolerance: 25deg F

History: A new hybrid produced in Fort Myers, FL by Seabreeze Nurseries in 2022.

Production:  The seed parent (mother) is Wodyetia bifurcata (Foxtail Palm) which is native to Australia.  The pollen parent is Veichia winin native to Vanuatu in the South Pacific.  This is NOT the more common Foxy Lady Hybrid which as a Veitchia arecina pollen parent.

Benefits: This is probably the most attractive hybrid palm in the world.  Its droopy leaflets create a beautiful, tropical look that appeals to everybody.  It is a very fast grower and has generally low fertilizer and water needs.  The variegated specimens are always in high demand and make great container plants when small.  Seeds are typically sterile so you don’t have a bunch of seedlings popping up underneath the parent tree.  It is a self-cleaning palm as well.

Identification: Identifying Foxy Lady hybrids from seedlings is probably the most hotly-contested and overly-discussed subject in the entire rare palm collector world!  Many have bought seedlings labeled as hybrids, only to find out that they’re not and they had got dooped out of their money.  The obvious identifying characteristic is if a seedling comes up variegated (variegated pure Foxtail seedings probably come up about one in one million).  Besides that, you will know you have a hybrid if the tree has been manually cross pollenated (properly), or if the eophyll or first few leaves are very thin, droopy, and delicate.  The general rule of thumb is “if you are on-the-fence as to whether it’s a hybrid or not… its not.”

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