Among the many changes happening at Camana Bay is the beautifully redesigned landscape in front of the One Nexus Way building. Popping with orange and blue flowers, there’s also now the indisputable “wow” factor of the Bismarck palms, or Bismarckia nobilis.
These majestic palms, which previously graced the median on Esterley Tibbetts Highway near Camana Bay before it was realigned, are now clustered neatly along Emeritus Drive and help make the statement that “you have arrived at a very unique place” as you approach Camana Bay.
Endemic to western and northern Madagascar, the Bismarck palm gets its genus name from the first chancellor of the German Empire, Otto von Bismarck. With only one known species, the epithet was well appointed as nobilis, which is Latin for “noble.” Few palms share such a bold and striking appearance, with its beautiful silvery fronds and textured bark. It is a landscape designer’s dream — given how well it complements all sides of the colour wheel and also makes just as loud of a statement as a stand-alone specimen or a focal point.
Bismarck palms are sensitive to wind damage and therefore should be placed in a somewhat protected area. They prefer full sun to part shade and a sandy loam soil. Once established, they are very drought tolerant, as are many plants in Camana Bay in line with encouraging sustainable practices across the islands. Bismarck palm’s thick trunk and impressively symmetrical crown can reach heights of 60 feet with a spread of 16 feet, so it is very important to give the Bismarck plenty of room to grow.