Golden loulu is a single-stemmed palm with a dense crown of fan leaves.
While slow-growing, golden loulu will reach 30 feet at full maturity. Endemic to East Maui, this palm requires well-drained, organic soil and moist conditions. It thrives in full sun or partial sun and has good wind tolerance.
Fossil evidence indicates loulu were once a common sight in Hawaii, but the introduction of seed-eating rats, goats, and development has decimated the natural populations. The Hawaiian name loulu translates to umbrella. In the old days, fronds were used as protection from the sun and rain.
To germinate: half bury seeds in the soil, water every day, and sprouting should occur in a few months.
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