Caryota, Chinese Fishtail Palm, Giant Mountain Fishtail Palm 'Himalaya'

Caryota maxima

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Caryota (kair-ee-OH-tuh) (Info)
Species: maxima (MAKS-ih-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Himalaya

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Palms

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Cream/Tan

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

This plant is monocarpic

Seed Collecting:

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Dothan, Alabama

Brandon, Florida

Fort Pierce, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Palm Beach, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 28, 2009, StellysPapa from Dothan, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Here is the infomation I have on this palm.
Rare in cultivation. Is from the foothills of central and eastern Himalayas. Well adopted to snow and cold. Has dense crown and dark leaves that are up to 9 feet long. A very speedy grower, up to 6 feet per year. Mature height is 20 feet. Flower color is cream, with a dull red fruit. Hardy zones
8 to 12 will survive down to 19F degrees. Plant in sun, no more than 30% shade. Moderate water, fertilize with palm fertilizer. Do not trim the roots.

I have one in zone 8a and it's growing very nicely.
I agree, it is NOT monocarpic

Neutral

On Nov 27, 2008, harrygermany from near Frankfurt/Main,
Germany wrote:

Caryota maxima 'Himalaya' is definitely NOT monocarpic !
I know an Himalayan Fishtail Palm in Kathmandu, Nepal, since about 20 years. The plant is more than 65 feet high and flowers and fruits every year since I know it.

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