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PlantFiles: Sugar Cane Palm
Dypsis baronii

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dypsis (DIP-sis) (Info)
Species: baronii (bar-oh-nee-eye) (Info)

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sonotaps On Aug 12, 2004, sonotaps from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

A very nice, clumping palm and not widely grown here. I have to do research and bring things over from California. Seems to grow pretty fast and likes Phoenix heat. However, I have it partly shaded beneath cuban royals on a north wall. I don't believe it would remotely take full sun here and needs filtered light.

Well drained soil and lots of water keep it happy in the desert. I fertilize monthly (in small doses) during the warm months. In the coldest nights, some protection is given but fortunately this isn't often here in Phoenix.

Positive AlvinRendell On Jan 16, 2004, AlvinRendell from Melbourne
Australia wrote:

We live in Melbourne, Australia - a cool temperate zone with very hot dry days in summer. The temperature can get to 106 degrees F and the Dypsis Baronii survives these scorching days with total impunity. However, it does not survive wind very well. The leaves get ripped to pieces and so a location sheltered from the worst winds is essential. Our specimen fruits readily in mid-summer.

Positive palmbob On Jul 29, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Yet another Dypsis that does extremely well in Southern California- this one is particularly adaptable, doing well in shade, sun, and for some, even indoors, supposedly. Ideally, the more sun the better it turns out, and it tolerates full sun at a very early age (1-2 leaf size).

It is a very attractive palm, having a lot of color and powdery texture on the crownshaft and tropically ringed trunk(s). Though it can be fairly drought tolerant, it does a lot better if given plenty of water. It can handle pretty hot sun, but not over 100F with low humidity. There are second, and soon be third generation plants in So Cal. It seeds freely and the seeds are particularly easy to germinate for a palm.

Dypsis palms are sometimes known for branching- an unusual characteristic for a palm. It's not considered normal, and may be due to some injury response mechanism... but it makes for an interesting palm. Commonly seen in Dypsis lutescens as well. See photo on this page.

Latest freeze in southern California (Jan 07) showed that this is NOT as hardy a plant as we first thought. Temps 27F for 5 hours killed one 6 year old seedling and severely damaged an 8 year old plant that even had some overhead protection. THis plant is a 'marginal' plant in zone 9b.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Berkeley, California
Encino, California
Huntington Beach, California (2 reports)
Mission Viejo, California
Oceanside, California
Reseda, California
Santa Barbara, California (3 reports)
Ventura, California

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