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Common Screw Pine

Pandanus utilis

Also known as

Screw pine

ScrewPine02 Asit by Thaumaturgist (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Frequent watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








25 years to reach maturity


This plant has a strong fragrance

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A Pandanus utilis  tree with green leaves
A Pandanus utilis tree
A close up of some Pandanus utilis fruit and green leaves
A photo of Common Screw Pine
A photo of Common Screw Pine

Common Screw Pine Overview

Pandanus utilis is an evergreen tree species from the Pandanaceae family. It resembles a palm tree, growing up to a maximum height of around 20m. It forms a single, smooth trunk, bearing horizontally spreading branches. When leaves are lost from these plants, leaf scar remnants remain on the trunk, these spiral around the branches and trunk, hence the name Common Screwpine or Common Screw Pine. Large blue-green to dark green coloured leaves up to 2m in length are spirally arranged at the tips of branches, they are straight, with a comblike edge and these leaves finish in a long point. All along the edges of the leaves are small, red-coloured teeth, the foliage is stiff with spongy insides and has a waxy texture. Common Screw Pine originates from the Mascarenes, growing on islands such as Mauritius, Rodrigues and Réunion. It enjoys full sun to partial shade and grows best in well-draining, sandy soil. In its native environment, the soils are thin and nutrient-poor, so it forms strong, deep taproots.

Common problems with Common Screw Pine

Generally problem free

Common Screw Pine Companion Plants

Plant with tropical plants.

How to propagate Common Screw Pine


Remove suckers during the growing season from the leaf axils and plant straight away or root first in a sandy medium.


You can propagate from seeds; make sure you soak for about 24 hours before planting them.


Cuttings of lateral shoots in summer.

Special features of Common Screw Pine

Pot plant

Can be grown in large pots.

Attractive leaves

Drought resistant

Other uses of Common Screw Pine

Grown for their foliage and overall appearance.