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Fishtail Palm



This clump-growing group of palms has medium green leaf blades which are divided into many segments, each of which resembles the tail of a fancy goldfish. Rarely exceeding 25 feet in height, a number of species of fishtail palms produce suckers from the base creating a very attractive specimen palm. Its neat habit makes it ideal for use at poolside, in urns or other containers, and it is often seen in well-lit interiorscapes where its distinct form lends a tropical effect. It can be used as a house plant in large
homes with plenty of light.

Height: 15 to 25 feet
Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Crown uniformity: irregular
Crown shape: palm, upright/erect
Crown density: moderate
Growth rate: moderate
Texture: coarse


Light requirement: full sun to full shade Soil tolerances: clay; sand; loam; alkaline; acidic; well-drained Drought tolerance: moderate Aerosol salt tolerance: low


Trunk/branches: branches don't droop; not showy; typically multi-trunked; no thorns Bark: gray, smooth, and covered in leaf sheaths Pruning requirement: little required Breakage: resistant Current year twig color: not applicable Current year twig thickness: Wood specific gravity: unknown

Use and Management

Fishtail palms can thrive in light conditions from full sun to deep shade, requiring only that its soil be well-drained and reasonably fertile. It has a moderate to rapid growth rate and should be located outdoors in a sheltered location protected from cold. Unfortunately, the palm is susceptible to lethal yellowing disease. In addition, it is monocarpic so a stem dies after it flowers. This stem must be removed to maintain a neat appearance. There are a variety of other species grown in south Florida nurseries.

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