The Philodendron Xanadu, sometimes referred to as Philodendron “Winterbourn”, is a large compact easy to grow plant. Each shiny, green, leathery leaf has 15-20 distinct lobes. A Philodendron Xanadu is often wider than it is tall, reaching a height of 2-4ft. and a width of 3-5ft in ideal conditions. The leaves of this beautiful, exotic looking foliage plant can be as large as 16″-18″ long and 7″-14″ wide. These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants. Unlike many philodendrons, like the Monstera Deliciosa, the Xanadu is an upright plant not a climber or vine. The best part is the older a Xanadu gets the better it looks.
A Philodendron Xanadu never needs to be pruned. The plant’s shape usually resembles a large mushroom cap. Keep a Philodendron Xanadu in good light so that it stays compact and does not become leggy and sparse looking.
Propagate a Philodendron Xanadu by simple plant division. Separate the plant and its roots into two sections, use your hand to gently pull the root ball apart, do not use a knife. Plant the Philodendron Xanadu sections in pots that are only an inch or two larger than the root ball to prevent over-watering and root rot.
There is a new variety called the Golden Philodendron Xanadu. The beautiful leaf shape is the same, but the color of the leaves goes from a glossy bright yellow to various shades of green.
A Philodendron Xanadu may get flowers especially if you put it outside in the shade during the summer. The flowers, however, are not very attractive. I‘d cut them off so the beautiful leaves can grow more quickly.