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Caryota mitis/Fishtail Palm

Caryota mitis / Caryota mitis
Palm with developing fruit
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Palm with developing fruit

Relatively young palm with multiple trunks

Close-up of fruit clusters

Close-up of individual fruit

Used as a container plant

Tall, handsome lawn specimens in a southern California landscape

Canopies of tall specimen palms

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Scientific Name: Caryota mitis
Common Name: Fishtail Palm
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Fruit present: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Trees, Fruiting
Comments: Juice from red fruit may cause skin rash and is toxic if ingested. Makes a good container plant for indoor plantings. Cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. Grows much taller than many people anticipate, so allow for sufficient height growth because palms cannot be topped like some other plants. Provide full sunlight for several hours of the day if possible.