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Striped Fishtail Palm, Zebra Fishtail Palm
Caryota zebrina

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Caryota (kair-ee-OH-tuh) (Info)
Species: zebrina (zeb-REE-nuh) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Palms

Height:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Boca Raton, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jun 12, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Beautiful zebra striping on the petioles of this slow growing CAryota from New Guinea. And even though it is from high elevations there (up to 4000'), it's hardiness has been very disappointing to us growers here in southern California. It just is too wimpy. Even in the tropics its a slow growing palm taking forever to reach its ultimate height of 50'.

Petioles are thickly and striking striped, very similarly to C ophiopelis, which performs similarly poorly in most areas of S California. Turns out neither are super fast or easy in Hawaii, either. Not sure exactly how they differ, at least as seedlings.