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Flame Thrower Palm, Houailou Red Leaf Palm, Red Feather Palm, Blushing Palm

Chambeyronia macrocarpa

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chambeyronia (kam-bey-ROH-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: macrocarpa (ma-kro-KAR-pa) (Info)
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


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

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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)

Where to Grow:

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

Orange Beach, Alabama

Altadena, California

Brentwood, California

Cardiff By The Sea, California

Corte Madera, California

Fallbrook, California

Garden Grove, California

Goleta, California

Huntington Beach, California (2 reports)

Livermore, California

Oceanside, California

Rancho Cucamonga, California

San Fernando, California

San Pedro, California

Santa Barbara, California (3 reports)

Tarzana, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Ventura, California

Westminster, California

Wilmington, California

Bradenton, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida (2 reports)

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Largo, Florida

Loxahatchee, Florida

Mulberry, Florida

Naples, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Winter Park, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Brunswick, Georgia

Agana Heights, Guam

Ainaloa, Hawaii

Kurtistown, Hawaii

St John, Virgin Islands

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 19, 2012, johnchen99 from Livermore, CA wrote:

I have 6 of these palms. They are fairly cold hardy but not sun hardy. Here in the valley, they need sun protection in the summertime and best looking in partial shade.


On Jan 19, 2010, MB_Palms from Winter Park, FL wrote:

A great easily grown palm that usually emerges brightly colored red or pink leaves.

As the palm ages, the newly emerged red leaves will keep their red color longer and longer. We have had a few large palms keep their red color for up to a month.

Most collectors admire the watermelon trunk trait this palm can have. Since the watermelon form is just a trait, it cannot be guaranteed by growers on young seedlings that have not developed a trunk. If you really want a watermelon trunk, we suggest going a nursery and hand selecting one

We have successfully grown them from seed here in Orlando, FL where they have survived multiple freezes and temperatures down to 28. They were covered in nursery grade freeze cloth, and did show some leaf damage afte... read more


On Jun 20, 2007, pinellaspalm from Largo, FL wrote:

I have about eight seedlings growing under porch covering that i have raised from seeds. It has been about a year now and they have produced five leaves with two leaflets.


On Dec 10, 2006, billowen from Port Charlotte, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I've just planted two red feather palms in the ground in Port Charlotte, Fl. I picked them up in Homestead where the climate is a little warmer in winter. I've been told they won't do well in Zone 10a. I don't see many comments from folks in Florida about this palm. I would like to hear more about plantings in south Fl. Update April 2008, I now have four palms, the largest is over eight feet. We had a cold front move thru a couple of months back, down to 27 degrees overnight for several hours, no leaf damage, many other palms in my yard suffered with brown leafs, no problem with these. Seems to be more cold tolerent than many other types of palms grown here, Christmas palms, Coconut palms, Bottle palms, etc.


On Aug 31, 2005, elHoagie from Altadena, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Great palm! Only downside is the slow growth. Smaller seedlings in my unheated greenhouse produce 3-4 leaves per year, but my larger Chambeyronia in the ground only gives about 2. Mine is happy with 1/2 day sun, but would probably be a deeper green with more shade.


On Aug 22, 2004, Kylecawaza from Corte Madera, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This beatiful palm thrives in the San Francisco Bay area, and survives well inland in the Sacremento Valley. There is a great specimen in Modesto California, although it is still.


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

Probably the best of all the New Caledonia palms for the USA. Not a fast grower, but faster than nearly all the other New Caledonia palms, and relatively easy and hardy... relatively.. .does NOT like desert heat, dry winds (or winds of any variety for that matter), blazing hot inland sun, salty air or soils or severe frosts. Mine always damaged in So. California when temps get down below 30F... Will survive temps down to about 26F but much below that will often kill plant outright unless extremely short period of freeze and quickly warms up well the next day. Relatively common in cultivation now, though still not a palm likely to show up at a garden outlet store.

Prized for its long arching leaves of deep green and wide, oval/lancelote leaflets somewhat leathery in cons... read more


On May 30, 2001, BotanyBob from Thousand Oaks, CA wrote:

This mostly tropical tree is grown for it's very wide 'feather' (as opposed to palmate) leaflets, and brilliant red or pink new leaf, as well as its very tropical looking ringed trunk and smooth dark green or yellow crownshaft (leaf base between trunk and leaves). It is one of the hardier tropicals grown in California and Florida, though I don't know if it's growing in any other states on the mainland. It is also one of the most beautiful palms in cultivation.

It takes cold down to around 28F and has significant leaf damage below that. Temps below 25F will usually kill it outright. High temps will also stress it out, and it cannot grow in climates like Palm Desert or Phoenix. It is mostly untested as a house plant, but is not very tolerant of very low humidity or very l... read more