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Fishtail palm

Caryota_ spp.

Fishtail palm is known for its large, doubly compound leaves, which can measure more than 8 feet long. It has a beautiful texture with its fan-shape individual leaflets, resembling a giant fishtail. Fishtail palms grow best in moist soil, but they tolerate dry conditions quite well. This palm bears light green leaves that turn deeper green in partial shade.

Fishtail palm grows well indoors if you have a large, bright spot.


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8 to 20 feet


10-35 feet wide

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Clumping fishtail palm
Clumping fishtail palm
Caryota mitis grows 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide and prefers moist soil. It usually sends up multiple stems or trunks. It is sometimes grown indoors as a large houseplant. Once the plant begins to flower in the landscape, it dies over a two-year period, but seedlings often take the place of the dying stems. Zones 10-11
Giant fishtail palm
Giant fishtail palm
Caryota gigas is the largest of the fishtail palms, growing 70 feet tall. It will withstand temperatures to 28 degrees F and grows best where nights are cool. Giant fishtail palm lives 25-30 years. Zones 10-11
Toddy fishtail palm
Toddy fishtail palm
Caryota urens gets its name from the fact that sap from its flower is sometimes collected to make an alcoholic beverage or toddy. It is a large tree reaching 50 feet tall and forming a gray trunk up to 18 inches in diameter. Zones 10-11

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