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PlantFiles: Cabada Palm
Dypsis cabadae

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dypsis (DIP-sis) (Info)
Species: cabadae

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 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:
Sun to Partial Shade

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

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4 positives
1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Mandrew968 On Jan 18, 2011, Mandrew968 from Miami, FL wrote:

Originally found in a private garden in Cuba, over 200 years ago, this palm is now known to be from the Comoro Islands. It is very similar to the dypsis lutescens except for a few differences: the lutescens is shorter(ten feet shorter) and more densely clustering(more cold tolerant as well), and the cabadae stays green, in almost all parts, for nearly it's whole life(when the lutescens is grown in shade, it is nearly impossible to discern between the two, as direct sun causes the orangish-yellow color it is known for). Once you plant a cabadae, it will make you want to remove every single lutescens in your yard!

Positive thailarry On Mar 18, 2009, thailarry from Stuart, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I bought the Dypsis cabada on sale, 3 gal $5, from Zill High Performance nursery. We moved it up and it grew fast with a small shoot at the base. Just planted 2 next to each other in full sun here in Stuart, Florida. Classy palm that appears to be fast growing.

Positive cfkingfish On Jun 1, 2006, cfkingfish from Venice, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

In my opinion, this plant is a great, if not more beautiful alternative to Dypsis lutescens. This plant definitely looks best when planted in the sun, and has similar cultivation requirements to D. lutescens as well. It is distinctive from lutescens in that it has a much deeper green and white powdery trunk, as well as a powdery white crownshaft. This plant should be used more as a landscape specimen in zone 9b and higher.

Neutral gcfq On Apr 29, 2006, gcfq from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

After looking at all the different palms I'm sure this is mine too. It is right near the house and is huge. I tend to not know how to prune it so I just cut all the small new growth away.It is beautiful and I'd like to know more about it.

Positive palmbob On May 31, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

this is one of the first Madagascan palms to become popular in cultivation, but it's exact origins in Madagascar are unknown. It is a classic suckering, ringed, green trunked Dypsis with nice arching leaves, growing to about 25' tall. Some skilled growers have managed to keep this palm alive here in So Cal, but only as a stunted dwarf of it's natural tropical beauty. Interestingly, in more humid climates (like in Florida) many find this and D lutescens similar in their cultural requirements. However, in Southern California that is certainly not the case, as D lutescens does well in zone 9b on up, and this species can barely tolerate zone 10b. It is really a palm for the tropics. As a seedling, which I have had many of, they are exceptionally colorful- having deep green leaves and a chocolate stem, with a hint of maroon here an there. Never had one past the seedling stage, however.


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

Oceanside, California
Whittier, California
Boca Raton, Florida (2 reports)
Cape Coral, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Homestead, Florida
Key West, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Miami, Florida
Odessa, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Stuart, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Venice, Florida
Ainaloa, Hawaii

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