Spindle Palm

Hyophorbe verschaffeltii

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hyophorbe (hy-oh-FOR-bee) (Info)
Species: verschaffeltii (ver-shaf-FELT-ee-eye) (Info)


Tropicals and Tender Perennials


Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Where to Grow:

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


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



Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring


Grown for foliage


Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Ferment seeds before storing


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

Encinitas, California

Huntington Beach, California

La Mirada, California

Oceanside, California

San Diego, California

Santa Barbara, California (2 reports)

Whittier, California

Yorba Linda, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Cocoa, Florida

Fort Pierce, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Melbourne, Florida

Miami, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Palm Bay, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Venice, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 22, 2007, mpgibbssr from Kingsland, GA wrote:

I didn't do enough research on this palm. It is too cold in southeast Georgia (Kingsland) for this palm. It was hit by frost at 31 degrees. I hope to save it. I'm going to put it in a pot and keep it indoors in the winter. It has a new growth about 11/2 inches long.


On May 28, 2007, tmccullo from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Just bought one for our collection. However, we will keep it in a pot. It will no doubt do well in Houston until winter where we will keep it indoors once the temps drop below 40 degree. It was so odd to see one for sale here and for a great price. They are very common when we visit Miami and many times are pot grown.


On Jan 25, 2006, deezpalms from Oceanside, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

This plant has done well here in San Diego but only in the right spot. They seem to hold a decent amount of fronds here untill winter hits but makes it through the coldest temps I've gotten with at least 3 fronds. It's relative the Hyophorbe Indica does very well in my garden putting on 5"+ of trunk a year in a 24" box!!


On Jan 24, 2006, timrann from Other,
Mauritius wrote:

Very nice palm ressemble a bit like the Pseudophoenix Lediniana. Faster grower compared to H. Lagenicaulis . There are 2 other sub species 1 is stronger and thick trunck not so spindle form, believed to be a cross between H. Laganicaulis and H.Verschafeltii and the other one stays almost dwarf compared to H. Verschafeltii and the is petioles are more pink from it's ancestors.


On Aug 23, 2004, Kylecawaza from Corte Madera, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

A great palm for the coastal areas of SOuthern Califonria. They do not like the lower night temps and lower humidity farther inland.


On Aug 11, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a spectacular specimen palm for tropical climates. It is too tender for most areas of Southern California but in the right areas it does well. It has a turquoise, rapidly tapering crownshaft and holds about 3-6 recurved leaves with wide, lime-green leaflets. This palm, at least as a seedling, is one of the most colorful palms in cultivation. Flowers just like the other Hyphorbes with large, torpedo-like spears that tend to shoot straight out of the trunks, just below the crownshafts. It's a pretty slow palm, even in the tropics. Does well in pots.

Hardiness of this species is quite variable depending on the climate. THose growing it in Arizona find it less hardy than bottle palms, while here in So Cal it is far hardier. Neither species has much problems in so... read more