This slow-growing, evergreen tree is commonly sold in pots for the
novel appearance of its swollen stem base; this tapers upward to a
palm-like trunk bearing at its apex a dense crown of strap-like,
downward-curving leaves up to 3 ft (1 m) long.
Mature plants bear large feathery panicles of cream flowers in
spring, followed by pinkish 3-winged fruit.
Old specimens can achieve massive dimensions, the swollen base
reaching up to 12 ft (3.5 m) wide, with multiple trunks 15-20 ft
(4.5-6 m) tall.
Flowering colors: Cream, Pink
Cultivation: They can be grown outdoors in mild to warm climates, in
full sun and well-drained, fertile soil.
Water well while growing, but sparingly in winter or the stem may
Propagate from seed or from suckers.