Common name: Joannis palm, Niusawa palm
Native to: Fiji and Tonga
Veitchia joannis is a nice looking, very tall, solitary, feather palm. It is one of the taller growing veitchias commonly cultivated and can be distinguished from the other similar veitchias by the habit of the leaves which droop much below the horizontal as they age.
This is a very popular ornamental palm throughout the tropics or warm sub-tropics. It is a bit temperamental when it is young, but is easier as it matures. The red fruits, borne in quantity over a fairly long period, are also highly ornamental. When young and placed in pots for indoor is of rare beauty.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Needs shade when young, grows into full sun
Flowers: Inflorescence of small white flowers on bracts
Foliage: Evergreen, pinnate, reduplicate to 3m long with gracefully arching rachis
Growth habit: Upright, tall, solitary palm
Hardiness: Hardy but needs moderate protection from the wind
Height: Up to 35 metres
Spread: Up to 1.5 to 3 metres (canopy)
Soil requirements: Moist, rich and sandy, well-drained soils- not soggy soils
Uses: It is used massively in gardening and landscaping as specimen tree planted alone or in groups. It is used along roadways, in parking lots, yards, patios. It is also excellent in containers and urns.