Caryota urens


Caryota urens

Fishtail palm

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India, Sri Lanka, Malaysian Penninsulua

Growth Habit:

This fishtail palm is solitary, meaning it forms just one trunk. It grows up to 75 feet or more. When it reaches its mature height, it begins to flower. A large, branched inflorescence is formed in succession at each leaf node starting at the apex and progressing down the trunk. The process takes many years, but when it is over, the tree dies.

Growing Requirements:

Palms require even moisture and this species thrives in shade to partial sun. Cold hardy to perhaps 22° F.


The fishtail palm is aptly named in reference to the shape of the leaflets.

Where at Lotusland:

At the edge of the fern garden

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