Caryota mitis

Fish tail palm

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen tree

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

Originating in India and South East Asia this is an unusual palm producing very large elegant growth made up of many smaller leaves. After flowering the main trunk of the plant will die back but is soon replaced by new shoots which sucker from around the base. It is easy to care for and will grow happily in hot conditions. It is not hardy and will not withstand frost but makes an ideal houseplant for a large conservatory.

Family: Arecaceae

Genus: Caryota

Species: mitis

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Sandy

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 350cm

Spread: 200cm

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