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PlantFiles: Spindle Palm
Hyophorbe verschaffeltii

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hyophorbe (hy-oh-FOR-bee) (Info)
Species: verschaffeltii (ver-shaf-FELT-ee-eye) (Info)

One vendor has this plant for sale.

8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing

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5 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative mpgibbssr On Nov 22, 2007, mpgibbssr from Kingsland, GA wrote:

I didn't do enough research on this palm. It is too cold in southeast Georgia (Kingsland) for this palm. It was hit by frost at 31 degrees. I hope to save it. I'm going to put it in a pot and keep it indoors in the winter. It has a new growth about 11/2 inches long.

Positive tmccullo On May 28, 2007, tmccullo from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Just bought one for our collection. However, we will keep it in a pot. It will no doubt do well in Houston until winter where we will keep it indoors once the temps drop below 40 degree. It was so odd to see one for sale here and for a great price. They are very common when we visit Miami and many times are pot grown.

Positive deezpalms On Jan 25, 2006, deezpalms from Oceanside, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

This plant has done well here in San Diego but only in the right spot. They seem to hold a decent amount of fronds here untill winter hits but makes it through the coldest temps I've gotten with at least 3 fronds. It's relative the Hyophorbe Indica does very well in my garden putting on 5"+ of trunk a year in a 24" box!!

Positive timrann On Jan 24, 2006, timrann from Other
Mauritius wrote:

Very nice palm ressemble a bit like the Pseudophoenix Lediniana. Faster grower compared to H. Lagenicaulis . There are 2 other sub species 1 is stronger and thick trunck not so spindle form, believed to be a cross between H. Laganicaulis and H.Verschafeltii and the other one stays almost dwarf compared to H. Verschafeltii and the is petioles are more pink from it's ancestors.

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

A great palm for the coastal areas of SOuthern Califonria. They do not like the lower night temps and lower humidity farther inland.

Positive palmbob On Aug 11, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a spectacular specimen palm for tropical climates. It is too tender for most areas of Southern California but in the right areas it does well. It has a turquoise, rapidly tapering crownshaft and holds about 3-6 recurved leaves with wide, lime-green leaflets. This palm, at least as a seedling, is one of the most colorful palms in cultivation. Flowers just like the other Hyphorbes with large, torpedo-like spears that tend to shoot straight out of the trunks, just below the crownshafts. It's a pretty slow palm, even in the tropics. Does well in pots.

Hardiness of this species is quite variable depending on the climate. THose growing it in Arizona find it less hardy than bottle palms, while here in So Cal it is far hardier. Neither species has much problems in south Florida, but central Floridas colds waves tend to kill them off easily.


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

Encinitas, California
Huntington Beach, California
La Mirada, California
Oceanside, California
San Diego, California
Santa Barbara, California (2 reports)
Whittier, California
Yorba Linda, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Cocoa, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Miami, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Venice, Florida

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