Bottle Palm Tree – Hyophorbe lagenicaulis

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The Bottle Palm Tree, scientific name Hyophorbe lagenicaulis, is one of the most desired palms in Florida.  Many consider bottle palm to be a dwarf palm. This palm is easy to grow and maintain. It got its name from bottle shaped trunk. It is great for indoors or small outside garden.

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Bottle Palm Tree Profile

Scientific name: Hyophorbe lagenicaulis

Common names: Bottle Palm

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: The Bottle Palm Tree is native to the Mascarene Islands, which are in the Indian Ocean just East of Madagascar.

Appearance: Hyophorbe lagenicaulis has a single, trunk, about 2ft in diameter with ring scars and green crownshaft at the top. The gray, self-cleaning trunk is bottle shaped, hence the name Bottle Palm. The Bottle Palm has a small crown of 4-6 4 to 8 pinnate, or feather-like, leaves that can grow up to 10ft. It has 140 leaflets arranged in two upward pointing rows which grow to about 2ft long.

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Flowers/Fruits: The Bottle Palm produces beautiful white flowers that are held by 30 in. stalks coming from below the crownshaft. Flowers are monoecious, male and female flowers on the same inflorescence. Flowers are followed by green black berry like fruits that turn black when ripe. Oval shaped fruit is around 1.5 inches long and contains a single seed inside.

Growth Rate: Slow. This is a slow growing palm that can get up to 10 – 20 ft tall and 10 – 15 ft wide, but usually is much shorter around 10ft.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both. This palm can also be grown indoors in a container.

Cold Tolerance: Bottle Palm is not cold hardy and will not tolerate frost. It can handle temperature down to 30F. It is great for USDA Zones 10a (30 to 35 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

Light Req: This dwarf palm tree does well in a shade or partial shade. It can survive a full sun if provided plenty of water.

Water Req: It can adapt to different kinds of soil but likes moist well drain soil.

Maintenance: Easy to maintain. Apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continues release formula twice a year during growing season.

Insects and Diseases: Very healthy palm.

Propagation: Bottle Palm is propagated by seeds. It takes around 5 – 6 months to germinate.

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~Susan Brian

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30 Responses to “Bottle Palm Tree – Hyophorbe lagenicaulis”

  1. I have a bottle PALM that is potted and live in Illinois. right now it is very humid and warm here in july. I am so confused with all the information on how to care for these palms. Can they take full sun or should they be placed on the north side of the house with only east sun in the morning ? Please advise…..

  2. two years running almost lost bottle palm to frost but managed to bring back, slowly. Found worm in new stem growing down instead of out. cannot find anything on this about the bottle palm

  3. Can a Bottle Palm be planted next to a pool? Are the roots hazardous to an in-ground concrete pool?

  4. Hi John. Bottle Palm is ok to plant near the pool area. It should not damage concrete. ~ Susan Brian

  5. My bottle palm has been looking poorly for quite a few months. It is fertilized reguarly with a fertilizer recommended by our botannical gardens. It now has only two fronds and the tips are brown. We had a bad cold spell in December.

  6. Live in Homestead Florida, two of my bottle palms have wormy looking holes all over the place with a sapp oozing out. I am assuming some type of insect in partying inside the tree? Pls help as they are mature trees? What can I do to eliminate these pesky critters and regain a healthy tree? Thanks in advance…

  7. Hi Anthony. Spray your palms with Bonide Products Copper Fungicide. This should help against bacterial and fungal infections. ~Susan Brian

  8. Hi Sandy. You should not fertilizer your palm if it is sick. Just make sure it is getting enough water and light. Follow my instructions in the article about Cold Damaged Palm Tree Care. ~Susan Brian

  9. hey susan.. i live in albany ny and i was wondeing if i coul grow a bottle palm in my living room near the window. the sun rises on the other side of the house but the sun sets on the side of the window wear i want my plam. would it grow three and if it does will it attract any insects? please help ???

  10. I am not able to peel off the dead looking bark around the bottom of my bottle palms. Any tips on how to do this. The beauty of the bottle palm is the base of the tree.

  11. Hi Sandy, I just got a Beaucarnea (Bottle Palm) for Mothers Day. It is probly 3′ high…and was planted in
    a 12 inch pot,I transferred it to a 18′ pot. I just noticed
    this morning some of the leaves are turning yellow.
    I just touched them,and they came off real easy.
    Is this common after you transplant them?
    I water it right after I switched pots.

  12. Sorry! I meant Susan.

  13. As a palm collector from Mauritius (one of the 3 Mascarene Islands), I would like to share with those loving our Bottle Palms (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis, local name “Palmier Bouteille”), that they are not native of the Mascarene Islands as often thought, but endemic to Mauritius only, with ONLY ONE surviving palm in the wild, on Ile Ronde, an island sanctuary north of the main island of Mauritius.
    But they are numerously grown in most of our coastal gardens. Their usual range is from sealevel to about 400 metres.

    They grow in many soils but love sandy, even coral beach soils and will tolerate sea-sprays and strong Trade Winds.

    They prefer a savanna climate: warm tropical with a marked dry season. If planted in constant wet climates, they will not resist moulds & fungi. In sandy soils & dry weather they will benefit from drip irrigation and grow quite fast to form their bulbous trunk.

    Their cousin Hyophorbe verschaffeltii “Palmier Marron” are stiffer and with a straight heavy trunk and bluish shaft when adult. They are striking yellow leafed when juveniles and are great indoors with ample sunlight. They are endemic to Rodrigues Island some 350 miles east of Mauritius.

    The two palms easily cross-breed and buyers must be extra careful not to get the hybrid (except if this is desired) which will never develop the real bulbous trunk, but an in-between form and may retain old leaf bases… Only get your palms from a reputable grower who will ensure that his seed stock is pure… Enjoy your Bottles!!!

  14. Hi Francois de Maroussem. Thank you for your informative post! ~Susan Brian

  15. I have bought two bottle palm plants, but i’m confused how much distance should there be in between these two? for now they are 8ft apart..

  16. Hi Shahnawaz. The tree can spread up to 10ft wide. It is very slow growing. Its ok to plant them next to each other. If you look at the picture above, you’ll see that those palms are planted pretty close to each other. Susan Brian

  17. We have a bottle palm in a very small area surrounded by a sidewalk and a hollow tile wall. It’s been there for 15 years. Is it safe to be there? Will it’s roots damage the wall or the sidewalk?

  18. My client’s bottle neck starts dying out this s the second one to die.
    The body gets sore and flaky and dry,please help

  19. Hi Susan, I have two mature bottle palms and one of them is starting to produce small froms instead of the large ones that it usually puts out. Can you tell me what can be wrong with it? I don’t want to loose it. thank you.

  20. I would like some bottle palm seeds to buy , i ‘m in jamaica tell me how please.

  21. Hi Henry. Is it possible that your palms have been damaged by cold this winter? There have been few nasty cold snaps. ~Susan Brian

  22. Hi Susan, I just bought 2 beautifully bottle palms, I removed the Barry leaves, so the trunk would have the nice bottle look. Now I wonder if there is anything I can do so the palm grows fat as oppossed to tall? Please let me know if you have any tips! Thank you!

  23. I have 4 bottle palms and one of them after a few days with high winds and cold weather, the new branch was twisted and turned brown. Now, the new branch is loose and has a jelly-like substance right where the new branches are suposed to grow. What can I do to save this palm? I’m thinking to make a straight cut right where this jelly-like substance is. I live in Fort Lauderdale, FL

  24. Hi Marco. It sound like your palms got cold damaged. They will survive if the bud was not damaged. If the bud got damaged, they will most likely die no matter what you do. Bonide Products Copper Fungicide to protect it from fungus. Pests love to attack weakened palms. Keep an eye on them. ~Susan Brian

  25. I live in Mauritius. I have planted 20 bottle palms and for the past month the new leaves are going brown .On inspection I found them to be completely covered with caterpillars.Please can someone let me know the remedy for this
    Many thanks

  26. what palm produces seeds that look like small coconuts trees are 3-5 in. in diameter 20-25ft tall? seeds are 1/2long in.1/4in. diameter.i though they were queen but are to small they are 30 plus years old have short fronds. on molokai we have a short green smooth trunk 3ft.tall bearing cluster of round seeds,is this a bottle neckpalm. i am an ameture naturalist. i also use 20 different seed to make jewelry for over 40 years. my business was called eldraco objects D’art.thank you for allowing me to comment; excellent info and photos mahalo.

  27. Hi Susan, I have a 6 year old bottle palm and just last week it dropped a green leaf as normally it does when they are dried. But now a white substance is coming out of it from where the leaves come out. Can you please help me. Its a beautiul palm and I would hate to lose it.

  28. Hi. The gardener wanted to trim the bottle palm so he cut off two lovely long fronds that were quite healthy. How long does it take for a bottle palm frond to grow back. Thanks

  29. Dear Sir,

    How are you doing over there? .

    Somebody is in need of Bottle Palm seeds or the seedlings to buy in larger quantity in Ghana.I have been trying to check on your website if it is available now but it is not opening.Please do let me know so that i can pay for it now and have them before X`mas.Hope to hear from you.

    Best regards,


  30. Hi, Susan. I live in Hollywood, FL and I have two bottle palms
    on each side of my walkway to the front door. One looks to be penciling and the fronds are yellowing and stunted. I have treated
    it as instructed with palm nutritional spray from Southern Ag for the correction of yellowing and frizzle top of palms. It’s 1.5% Magnesium, 3.5% Sulfur and 2.5% Manganese. The tree is not looking too well. I’d like to send you a picture to see if you think I should try something else. Please email me so I can do that. It’s been in the ground for awhile and it’s going to be expensive to replace if I loose it! Thanks!

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