Bismarckia is a monotypic genus of flowering plant in the palm family endemic to western and northern Madagascar where they grow in open grassland. The genus is named for the first chancellor of the German Empire Otto von Bismarck and the epithet for its only species, Bismarckia nobilis, comes from Latin for ‘noble’.
Bismarck palm trees grow best in climates with frequent rainfall. While it tolerates short periods of drought, it thrives with frequent moisture. Water the soil around the base of the trunk, supplying moisture directly to the root system. Once established the plant rarely needs palm fertilizer.