FISHTAIL PALM

FAMILY: Arecaceae | GENUS: CARYOTA

TYPE
  • Trees
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
  • Filtered Light
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.

C. mitis. BURMESE FISHTAIL PALM. Slow grower to 1040 ft. tall, spreading to 1020 ft. Basal offshoots eventually form clustered trunks. Light green foliage.

C. ochlandra. CANTON FISHTAIL PALM. May reach 25 ft. tall and spread half as wide. Medium dark green leaves. Hardiest of the caryotas; has survived to 26F.

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

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