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Bottle Palm

Hyophorbe lagenicaulis

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hyophorbe (hy-oh-FOR-bee) (Info)
Species: lagenicaulis (lag-en-ee-kAW-liss) (Info)


Tropicals and Tender Perennials


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)

Mesa, Arizona

La Mirada, California

Oceanside, California

Rialto, California

San Diego, California

Santa Barbara, California

Ventura, California

Yorba Linda, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Bradenton, Florida

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Dunedin, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Jupiter, Florida (2 reports)

Kissimmee, Florida

Merritt Island, Florida

Miami, Florida

Palm Bay, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Saint Cloud, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Seminole, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Venice, Florida

Ahuimanu, Hawaii

Hawaiian Ocean View, Hawaii

Holualoa, Hawaii

Honomu, Hawaii

Wailuku, Hawaii

Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

Brookshire, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Harlingen, Texas

Houston, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 20, 2012, Magdajvr from Richards Bay
South Africa wrote:

I'm from South Africa. I planted a bottle palm next to my koi pond. Someone said that this is a mistake becauese the roots will damage my pond. How big is its roots? Will it damage my pond? The palm is more or less 3m tall. Please help.


On May 12, 2012, akaaki from Hawi, HI wrote:

Here on the Big Island of Hawaii in the North Kohala District about a mile makai of Hawi Town, I have two very nice Bottle Palms and have been extremely happy with them. I came on Dave's Garden to try and determine what one of mine is doing. While reviewing the photos on the website, I found a photo of one that was fruiting, or seeding (?), and it looks like what mine is about to do. Question = Answered. Mahalo.


On Apr 17, 2011, emmeye from Houston, TX wrote:

I find that people noted here that this plam has died during the freeze in the Houston area and in Florida state as well. I bought this palm this year and planted it. The person at the store tells that these palm survive outdoors during the freeze if we protect it by taking proper care. He suggested that we cover the plant with cardboard from ground upto the point where the leaves start and put in an electric bulb preferably incandescent bulb inside the cover between the plant and the cardboard cover. When the temperature gets over 35 deg F, the cover may come off and the light as well. The light basically provides heat so that the trunk remains warm enough during the freeze.


On Nov 24, 2009, fonsie from vlissingen
Netherlands wrote:

First i want you to know i,am new at this.I started this summer with palms.I bought some seeds in menorca in the summer of 2009.
First i soaked the seeds for 24 hours.
I used a plastic pot and put a layer of 8cm little stones on the bottom.
And coverd it with a mix of sand, seedsoil,normal flowersoil and palmsoil.
Soaked the soil and planted the seed 2 a 3 cm deep on 07-09-09.
And covered the plantpot with a glasplate on top and waited.
On 09-10-09 it came up and i removed the glasplate.
So far so good.


On Nov 3, 2009, plantaholique from Sarasota, FL wrote:

According to a palm expert here in Sarasota, FL at Selby Gardens, there are 2 types of bottle palms- one more hardy than the other. Being unaware of that at the time, I unfortunately bought one that is not that hardy, and here in zone 9b where we had 3 episodes of 29 degrees last winter, even in a protected area with a cover on it, this palm got fried and was very unhappy till about mid-summer. Now, in mid-fall it looks great but in a month and a half it will likely take another hit. I think I will dig it up and put it in my pool cage in a pot where it is several degrees warmer. It is a pretty palm though. I always research before planting now!


On Oct 17, 2009, skumix wrote:

Hi, I peeked some seeds of the bottle palm from mauritius , and brought them back to Greece...
I would like some tips on how to use them in order to get the palm ...

A local person told me I need to put the in a water cup for 24hs and then plant them...
But how deep ? what soil to use?
Any tips will be appreciated :)


On Oct 9, 2009, mtilton from Ada, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This tree is on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) redlist of endangered plants. It is native to Mauritius and is critically endangered. To quote Wikipedia:

While habitat destruction may destroy the last remaining palms in the wild, the survival of the species is assured due to its ubiquitous planting throughout the tropics and subtropics as a specimen plant.


On Mar 22, 2008, tmccullo from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

We have one that we keep in a pot that is about 5 foot tall. It does well here in Houston in full sun. When the temps start falling below 40 degrees I bring it inside. We kept it three months in the house by a widow with great morning sun for the winter and it grew a new frond. This is one of the most fascinating palms I have seen.

Last summer there were several garden centers selling these palms and a neighbor bought a pretty expensive one and planted it in his front yard. We had two days this year where it hit 27 degrees and it appears his poor bottle palm got fried. Sure wish people would investigate a little more before they buy palms that might not make it in this area.


On Nov 30, 2006, PrincessJasmine from Round Rock, TX wrote:

I planted two of these in zone 8b (Round Rock, TX). One has died (I think one of the kids may have damaged it), the other is doing ok. We'll see if we make it past the 1st freeze. This plant was purchased as a 5G. In our very hot summer (temperatures over 100), we watered this plant 6 times per day until established, then cut back to 2 times per day.


On Jan 23, 2006, timrann from Other
Mauritius wrote:

Here it grows very well as of course it is it's native place. Thanks not endangered as the amaricaulis. Sold in almost every nusery in Mauritius or even young seedlings can be found at the base of mature plants. Need 4-6 years to trunk and to form it's bottle form. Seeds also very long to germinate in general 2 months to a year or even more.The fruits are green and with tiny white dots at early stage and goes black when ripe, whereas seeds are very hard, ovoid and grey.


On Nov 15, 2005, wallaby1 from Lincoln
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have to give it positive as so far has defied all knowledge! Sowed 5 seed after 5 days soaking in February 2004, placed in dark cupboard next to fireplace with central heating pump. 1 germinated in 30 days a 2nd slightly later. Placed seedlings in heated propogator till warm weather then in semi-shaded greenhouse in May/June. Watered well, grown in mix of leafy compost, gritty river soil, Irish moss peat. Placed in light south facing (sunny window) shed October 04, suffered 2 Nov/Dec frosts to -6C, brought indoors to dull position around 16C, getting some warmth from nearby radiator in day. The 2nd one rotted when watered a little coming back to growth April, but always had a weaker root. Other 3 germinated February 2005. all strong, kept in light shed over summer brought indoors... read more


On May 15, 2005, aztropic from Mesa, AZ wrote:

I've had a couple bottle palms growing outside in a protected area in Mesa,Arizona for 4 years now.The tallest is 7 ft high with only 6 inches of actual wood before the crownshaft.Contrary to popular belief, they seem to be hardier than the spindle palm of which I've killed 1/2 dozen over the years in the same protected area.


On Apr 15, 2005, Kameha from Kissimmee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

One of my favorite palms. I do not know how it survives here in Kissimmee but there are several left unprotected throughout my subdivision.


On Aug 23, 2004, Kylecawaza from Corte Madera, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This palm survives the coast of southern California, it is less likley to survive inland.


On Jul 22, 2004, lovejones from Rialto, CA wrote:

I live in around zone 9b and have a bottle palm growing very well here. I have it outside and it get half day of sun. I live in san bernardino.


On Oct 22, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

There are some tall specimens (around 6m tall) in the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. They kinda lose the curious bottle looking when they get taller, but still the are beautiful palms.


On Aug 16, 2003, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is my favorite palm after, of course, Bismarckia noblis. There is an absolutely stunning one at Edison's house in Ft. Myers. That was the first one i saw and, naturally, had to have one of my own. Thev have classic fronds, similar to those of the adonidia, but with a reddish mid-rib.


On Jul 28, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a great looking palm... for the topics. Can't survive here in So Cal except in the most perfect microclimates. Local palm experts often find one of these perfect little spots in their yards, but usually these palms end up getting nearly defoliated each winter and struggle back by the end of summer just to start the torture all over again. They do pretty well in Miami, though and are common garden palms in Hawaii, and the rest of the tropical world.