Cat Palm Tree – Chamaedorea cataractarum

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The Cat Palm Tree, scientific name Chamaedorea cataractarum, is very similar to Areca Palm and Kentia Palm. It is an attractive trunkless palm that is often used as a house plant. A very popular combination used for landscaping is the Cat Palm with the Christmas Palm and Bismarck. It is cold hardy and can tolerate cold down to 25F.

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Cat Palm Tree Profile

Scientific name: Chamaedorea cataractarum

Common names: The Cat Palm Tree is also known as Cascade Palm, Cataract Palm.

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: It is native to Southeastern Mexico.

Appearance: It grows as a dense clump of slender, green, cane-like leaf stems with pinnate, or feather-shaped, leaves that are about 1 ft long. Each leaf has about 30 to 50 narrow leaflets that are evenly spaced along the blade of the leaf.

Flowers/Fruits: In early spring, it produces bright yellow flowers that grow on branched inflorescence. Male and female flowers are born on different stalks in the same group of plants. After male flowers release pollination, female flowers turn bright orange color as the seeds mature. Fruit is dark green, ovoid, shiny about 1/2 inch in diameter, turning black when ripe.

Growth Rate: Slow to Moderate. This palm grow up to 5 – 10 ft tall and 5-10 ft wide.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both. Can be grown indoors if provided with enough light.

Cold Tolerance: Cat Palm Tree can tolerate cold down to 25F and is great for growing in USDA Zones 9b (25 to 30 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

Light Req: Partial shade.

Water Req: High. This palm likes moist well drained soil. In the natural habitat, it grows near streams and rivers.

Maintenance: Easy. Requires some trimming of old leaves. To prevent nutritional deficiency, apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continues release formula twice a year during growing season.

Propagation: Propagated by seeds and dividing.

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One Response to “Cat Palm Tree – Chamaedorea cataractarum”

  1. Would the Cat Palm be suitable to plant outside of my living room window? I’m looking to create a view for looking out as well as some privacy from looking in. So I’m thinking something that won’t grow too tall but will grow in width.

    Thanks,
    Darlene

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