Guihaia Species, Dainty Lady Palm, Guilin Dwarf Palm

Guihaia argyrata

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Guihaia (gwee-HAH-yah) (Info)
Species: argyrata (ar-jy-RAY-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Trachycarpus argyratus


Tropicals and Tender Perennials


Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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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Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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

Encino, California

Reseda, California

Santa Rosa, California

Cape Coral, Florida

Grant, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Loxahatchee, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Edmond, Oklahoma

Hempstead, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 3, 2018, Engarden from Santa Rosa, CA wrote:

Very slow growth. Needs all the water you can give it. I,m not giving mine enough. Added dolomite and cement chips to the soil.
My biggest mistake was planting it in the full hot sun. Either going to construct a small shade lath over it, or grow a tree fast above it. Our full sun yellows it. Also had to protect it with some chicken wire to keep the rabbits from chewing on it. Could be out of my lifetime for it to get above rabbit height. Then there's the condition that it comes in males and females. Wish I had found and planted several in the hopes of getting seed some day. But I was lucky to get the one.


On Nov 24, 2016, sylvainyang from Edmond, OK wrote:

This palm is from Guilin of GuangXi Province not too far from Hong Kong.Very stiff leaves. It looks very similar to Oldman Palm without furry trunk. It takes 20 years to grow to 5 gallons


On Dec 28, 2014, southeastgarden from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

A friend of mine has a very nice specimen in zone 9a, just a few miles south of Jacksonville, Florida. He has had it for over a decade. The soil is acidic sand and he says he threw some limestone rock into the planting hole to approximate its native limestone cliffs in southern China and Vietnam.


On Aug 24, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a very slow growing fan palm, but if you need a nice looking, small palm with attractive spoke-like leaves for a smaller, somewhat shady area of your garden, consider this one. It is a suckering species, but remains as a small clump its entire life, never spreading more than a foot or so. At its base are a lot of upwardly pointing spines in a swirl, so careful when pruning off dead leaves. It does better in warmer, subtropical areas, but many are growing it in So Cal (including me)... often grown in the sun, it seems to like shade more (but not deep shade).. sun turns its leaves yellowy. Native of China and Vietnam