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Areca Palm
Areca triandra

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Areca (a-REEK-uh) (Info)
Species: triandra (TRY-an-dra) (Info)




10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


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Bloom Color:

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Bloom Time:

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Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

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

Santa Barbara, California

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Loxahatchee, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Ainaloa, Hawaii

Gardeners' Notes:


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

This palm is not marginal in zone 10 ares of soutehrn California and this palm even grows in Phoenix Arizona!


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

The most cold hardy of the ARecas, but still marginal in most of southern California. There are some excellent examples growing in s California, though (only does well in zone 10b here, which is only along the southern coast or a few exceptional pockets inland). It is the ONLY species of Areca that can grow in So Cal. However, performs a lot better in the tropics. Is a suckering palm with markedly ringed, green stems that look a bit like bamboo. Has pinnate leaves that are pretty uniformly divided, but not always. Grows in tight clumps usually just a few feet wide (at least in cultivation).