FISHTAIL PALM

FAMILY: Arecaceae | GENUS: CARYOTA

TYPE
  • Trees
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Filtered Light
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Poisonous/Toxic

Plant Details

Feather palms with huge, finely divided leaves; leaflets flattened and split at tips like fish tails. Tender. Native to Southeast Asia, where they grow in full sun. Not browsed by deer. In pots indoors, place them near a southern or western window. Let the soil surface go dry to the touch between waterings. Avoid handling fruit with bare hands; invisible crystals inside can cause severe itching and burning.

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  • Slow grower to 1040 feet tall, spreading to 1020 feet Basal offshoots eventually form clustered trunks.
  • Light green foliage.

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  • May reach 25 feet tall and spread half as wide.
  • Medium dark green leaves.
  • Hardiest of the caryotas; has survived to 26F.

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  • Single-stemmed palm to 100 feet tall and 30 feet wide in Asia, to 20 feet tall and 8 feet wide in Tropical South with careful protection.
  • If temperatures go below 32F, it's certain to die.
  • Dark green leaves.

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