Beccariophoenix alfredii

high plateau coconut palm
Beautiful tidy coconut mimic tolerates cooler California climates. Upright trunk develops after many years as foliage feature.
Beccariophoenix alfredii
height 20–30ft
width 15–20ft
tolerates Cold, Drought, Heat, Wind
Water this plant regularly, when the top inch or so of soil feels dry. If you establish this pattern over several years, then you can cut back to watering every week or two in dry weather. Use a slow stream of water so that it doesn’t run off; allow the water to trickle all the way down through the deepest layers of soil. In a pot slowly water the entire surface until water comes out of the bottom of your pot.
exposure Part Shade – Full Sun
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Cactus Mix, Tolerates Sandy Soil
fertilizing Palm Fertilizer
origin Madagascar
13–17, 19–H2

Sunset Zones Map

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.


Growing Notes

Typically this palm grows straight, but if planted leaning in a 15g + size the palm will have the typical coconut style lean to it. The larger the can size the more pronounced the arch will be.
Palms are generally heavy feeders, so if you want them growing quickly and looking their best, they should be fertilized at least three times a year. Fertilizing at spring equinox, summer solstice and fall equinox will allow for a winter rest. Be sure to feed your palm with a fertilizer that contains micronutrients (especially including magnesium), especially if you see yellowing leaves or yellow spots on the leaves.

Special Interest

This palm grows at around 3,500 feet along grassy patches of sandy riverbeds in habitat. Given the locale and its frequent fires this palm is likely tolerant of some exposure to forest fire, drought, and cold. It may also tolerate hurricane winds.

One of our team planted this palm on a hot east facing slope with very gritty drainage and has watered it only every three or four weeks between May and September; the palm has been slow growing, but is still green and lush. He’s also had it on weekly irrigation in heavy clay planted in winter shade and hot afternoon summer sun. Here it has grown faster, tolerating the clay without any sign of distress for several years.

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Friends have grown this in surprisingly frosty valleys around the Bay Area with great success.