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What is a lady palm tree?

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The Broadleaf lady palm tree (Rhapis excelsa) is a species of fan palm that is likely native to Taiwan and southern China and is a popular choice for indoor and outdoor gardens. It is smaller and grows slower than other palm trees, which is what makes it suitable for gardens.

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What is a lady palm tree?
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The Broadleaf lady palm has multiple thin trunks with fronds on top resembling small green umbrellas. These small palm trees grow 8 to 10 feet tall and are somewhat tolerant to cold weather. Lady palms only require trimming every once in a while and should be fertilized during summer, fall and spring only.

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