Pritchardias are single trunked palm trees with fan-shaped leaves. The Hawaiian Pritchardia are generally medium to large sized palms growing from 25 to 60 feet tall.
The color and hairiness of the leaves, the length of the flowering stems, and the size and color of the fruit vary by species.
Pritchardia hillebrandii grows to about 20 feet tall. It has leaves that are silvery underneath, flower stalks that do not extend beyond the leaves, and round fruit that is up to 1 inch in diameter and blue to black when ripe. It is multiplied by seeds, that germinate in about 2 months. Pritchardia hillebrandii is a resistant palm that tolerates the sun, the average shade and the proximity to the sea.
(Wagner,W.L.,Herbst,D.R.,Sohmer,S.H. 1990. Manual of Flowering Plants of Hawai'i.)
(Bornhorst.1996; Chapin.1990; NTBG.)