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PlantFiles: Variegated Fishtail Palm
Caryota mitis 'Variegata'

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Caryota (kair-ee-OH-tuh) (Info)
Species: mitis (MIT-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
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Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral palmbob On Jan 23, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This isn't a very hardy version of C mitis, and in marginal climates like zone 9b in southern Caliornia in which C mitis can barely make it, this form has no chance. Tolerates sun only in tropics, where it actually does much better than in shade


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

Huntington Beach, California
Agana Heights, Guam

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