Pandanus Utilis. Screwpine.
The Pandanus Utilis is a palm-like evergreen woody tree. The smooth upright trunk has many horizontal spreading branches covered in old leaf scars which spiral around them like a screw. At the end of each branch 3 stiff leaves with a waxy texture make up a spiral rosette, blue-green to dark green in colour. Leaf margins are usually spined. The Screwpine produces many pale brown prop roots at the base of the trunk as it matures to help support and anchor it. Young plants are quite ornamental. Can be grown happily in a greenhouse or conservatory.
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PANDANUS UTILIS. Screwpine.
Latin Name: Pandanus Utilis.
Common Name: Screwpine, Common Screwpine.
Native to: Madagascar.
Hardiness: Frost tender.
Growth Characteristics: Evergreen. Very unusual palm-like plant. Smooth upright trunk with much horizontal braching covered in spiralling leaf scars. Stilt roots are produced as it matures. Spiral rosettes of 3 linear leaves with spiney margins grow at the ends of branches. Monocot.(same as a palm).
Sunlight: Full sun/partial shade.
Soil: Rich, sandy. Well drained soil.
Moisture: Water regularly, needs consistently moist soil, but do not over water.
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