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.
burmese fishtail palm
- Slow grower to 1040 feet tall, spreading to 1020 feet Basal offshoots eventually form clustered trunks.
- Light green foliage.
canton fishtail palm
- May reach 25 feet tall and spread half as wide.
- Medium dark green leaves.
- Hardiest of the caryotas; has survived to 26F.
- 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.