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Sugar Cane Palm

Dypsis baronii

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dypsis (DIP-sis) (Info)
Species: baronii (bar-oh-nee-eye) (Info)



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

Full Shade


Grown for foliage

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 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)

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Phoenix, Arizona

Berkeley, California

Encino, California

Huntington Beach, California (2 reports)

Mission Viejo, California

Oceanside, California

Reseda, California

Santa Barbara, California (3 reports)

Ventura, California

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 12, 2004, sonotaps from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

A very nice, clumping palm and not widely grown here. I have to do research and bring things over from California. Seems to grow pretty fast and likes Phoenix heat. However, I have it partly shaded beneath cuban royals on a north wall. I don't believe it would remotely take full sun here and needs filtered light.

Well drained soil and lots of water keep it happy in the desert. I fertilize monthly (in small doses) during the warm months. In the coldest nights, some protection is given but fortunately this isn't often here in Phoenix.


On Jan 16, 2004, AlvinRendell from Melbourne,
Australia wrote:

We live in Melbourne, Australia - a cool temperate zone with very hot dry days in summer. The temperature can get to 106 degrees F and the Dypsis Baronii survives these scorching days with total impunity. However, it does not survive wind very well. The leaves get ripped to pieces and so a location sheltered from the worst winds is essential. Our specimen fruits readily in mid-summer.


On Jul 29, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Yet another Dypsis that does extremely well in Southern California- this one is particularly adaptable, doing well in shade, sun, and for some, even indoors, supposedly. Ideally, the more sun the better it turns out, and it tolerates full sun at a very early age (1-2 leaf size).

It is a very attractive palm, having a lot of color and powdery texture on the crownshaft and tropically ringed trunk(s). Though it can be fairly drought tolerant, it does a lot better if given plenty of water. It can handle pretty hot sun, but not over 100F with low humidity. There are second, and soon be third generation plants in So Cal. It seeds freely and the seeds are particularly easy to germinate for a palm.

Dypsis palms are sometimes known for branching- an unusual char... read more