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PlantFiles: Giant Fishtail Palm, Australian Fishtail Palm
Caryota rumphiana

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Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Caryota (kair-ee-OH-tuh) (Info)
Species: rumphiana (rum-fee-AY-nuh) (Info)

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Category:
Perennials
Trees

Height:
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:
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:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant is monocarpic

Soil pH requirements:
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 vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

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Profile:

No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral Cearbhaill On Jun 14, 2005, Cearbhaill from Russell, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Palmbob mentioned getting 15-25 years out of this palm before it dies. In South Florida it must progress much faster- I bought mine in 1996 and it is coming down this week (2005). It is a lovely palm- I just wished they lasted longer.

Neutral palmbob On Feb 19, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Sort of a marginal palm in Southern California- much better in the tropics where it is commonly used as an avenue palm. Since monocarpic, care must be taken where it's planted, since in 15-25 years it will have to be removed. The wood of this and all Caryotas is extremely hard, making cutting it, even with a chain saw, a challenge. Fast growing tree.

Regional...

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

Pompano Beach, Florida



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