Pandanus tectorius

Botanical Description

Preferred Scientific Name:    Pandanus tectorius 

Family                    :  Pandanaceae known as the screwpine family

Pandanus commonly known as screw pine is native to the eastern portion of Australia and Pacific Islands. Pandanus have become one of the Southeasts favourite feature plants and here at eplants we are proud to state that we are one of Australia’s largest suppliers.

Eplants grows a large range of specimen Pandanus ranging from 200mm pot through to ex-ground, multi-branching specimens reaching heights of up to 6 metres. At eplants you will find a pandanus to suit your desired landscape requirement and to suit your budget.

Pandanus can be grown from Northern Queensland right down to southern coastal regions of Sydney, provided they are not grown inland or areas prone to frost. The large serrated leaves grow up the trunk in a circular motion giving it the screw-like look, hence the common name of Screw Palm. Its impressive aerial roots give it architectural appeal which is enhanced when bearing fruit which resemble large pineapple. As the tree matures it forms remarkable shape making this plant unique and difficult to substitute.

Used as a feature tree the pandanus will certainly be a focal point and will be a valuable addition to any garden or landscape.

Eplants is proudly one of the largest suppliers of Pandanus tectorius to the landscaping industry Australia wide. Our pest and disease management program is second to non. Strict quality control ensures that all stock is free of pests and diseases.

Pandanus care is very important, so please visit our article on the simple steps to keep your Pandanus healthy.

Visit plant finder for a full list of available Pandanus.

Physical Characteristics

Pandanus tectorius (P. tectorius) as a mature tree can grow as tall as 14 meters. Its trunk is described with spiny forks and leaves with width of 5 to 7 cm and length of 90 to 150 cm. Interestingly, it has distinct male and female flowers. The male being small and fragrant formed as clusters while the femal variety resembles that of the pineapples.


This plant grows best in coastal regions, selected as ornamental plant for beaches or place that has an annual rainfall equivalent to 1,500 to 4,000 mm. Pandanus prefer a well drained soil, it can well adapt to soil types which includes peat, quartz, and coral sand. Pandanus is salt and wind tolerant making it a perfect feature tree for acidic and basic soil.

Advantages of the Plant

This tree regenerates rapidly under suitable conditions through the seed in fallen fruit segments. 

It exhibits self pruning characteristics, thus the number of branches remains the same even after 30 years. 


The fruit of the Pandanus plant can be eaten raw and is also a staple fruit in some countries. Its taste is described as sweet as sugar cane.