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Carpoxylon Palm, Aneityum Palm

Carpoxylon macrospermum

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Carpoxylon (kar-poh-ZY-lon) (Info)
Species: macrospermum (mak-roh-SPERM-um) (Info)
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Water Requirements:

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

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:

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over 40 ft. (12 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

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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:

Garden Grove, California

North Hills, California

San Jose, California

Boca Raton, Florida

Boynton Beach, Florida

Loxahatchee, Florida

Miami, Florida

Winter Park, Florida

Agana Heights, Guam

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 5, 2015, IlhadoPico from Sao Roque do Pico,
Portugal (Zone 11) wrote:

I wonder so is it slow growing or fast growing? Would it grow in San Francisco or Azores? Azores is 50s through low 70s throughout the year. Record low in the mid 40s. High humidity, but no high heat.


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

A great easily grown palm highly sought after by palm collectors. Both fast growing and tough as nails the Carpoxylon makes a great palm for beginners.

The Carpoxylon is cold hardy to the low 30s and can handle frosts and freezes if properly protected or kept under canopy. Two medium sized juvenile palms recently survived 7 straight nights of freezing weather in Orlando FL with lows of 28 wrapped in nursery grade freeze cloth. The leaves browned somewhat but are still alive.

The only drawback of this palm is usually shows signs of stress when acclimating to new areas when moved or planted. They tend to brown on the leaf tips for the first few months, but come back as strong as ever.

This palm was once very rare and hard to come by until ... read more


On Oct 16, 2007, kiloa from Miami, FL wrote:

I'm in full agreement with the others. Grows very well in South Florida. Price has been going here, generally available at palm society sales. Looks great.


On Sep 22, 2005, cfkingfish from Venice, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I first saw a large juvenile specimen in Broward County, Florida, and I must say it is quite majestic. I currently have six of these, although only seedlings, they grow fast. Treat them like you would any another palms from the Vanuatu area, and they will reward you with growth and beauty.


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

This palm is promising in California. Some younger specimens survived unscathed for two winters in Southern California. Many parts of Southern California are frost free, and although they are relativley cooler, they get less extreme lows than Southern Florida most of the time.


On May 27, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

THis is one of the 'holy grail' palms for palm addicts- it is extremely rare and beautifully stately palm growing only in the lowland forests of the Vanuatu Islands. It has a large seed (hence the name). The palm is a slow growing solitary species with a huge, bright green long crownshaft, closely ringed trunk and very neat, strongly recurved (arching) leaves with pinnate stiff leaflets. It can grow up to 90' in height. It is the 'perfect' palm in appearance some say. Finally is has become a bit more available, but is still quite pricey. Those palm enthusiasts with a good expense account can aquire it, though, and it will oooh and aaah all your visitors. ONly try this palm in a tropical climate.