Coconut Palm 'Green Malayan'

Cocos nucifera

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cocos (KOH-kohs) (Info)
Species: nucifera (noo-SIFF-er-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Green Malayan


Edible Fruits and Nuts


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

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 vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

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

Big Pine Key, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Homestead, Florida (3 reports)

Key Largo, Florida

Key West, Florida (2 reports)

Marathon, Florida

Palm Bay, Florida

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Sugarloaf Shores, Florida

Summerland Key, Florida

Tavernier, Florida

Brownsville, Texas (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 30, 2003, FloridaSouthBay from Ruskin, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have grown this plant "Green Malayan Coconut" (Cocos nucifera) from a small plant two feet tall, to about 5 feet tall now. It is planted in the ground.

I have two planted in my yard in full sun; both doing very well so far, but I am not sure if they will make it through the winter, although I have seen others in my area growing in people's yards. (I live about 30 miles south of Tampa, Florida (U.S.)

It's a great tree so far, super fast growth rate - I understand it is a dwarf palm, reaching a height of 25 feet tall and 15 feet wide.

!!! Just a quick update. It did make it through the winter here in zone 9b. It looked pretty sad however. It is just now starting to come back around to looking good in June. Still looking forward to f... read more