Fishtail Palm Tree – Caryota mitis

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The Fishtail Palm Tree, scientific name Caryota mitis, is native to Southeast Asia and India. This palm is cold hardy down to 15F and can be grown in states like Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon and Texas.

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Fishtail Palm Tree Profile

Scientific name: Caryota mitis

Common names: The Fishtail Palm is also known as Clustered Fishtail Palm.

Family: Arecaceae

fishtail palm tree3 Fishtail Palm Tree   Caryota mitisOrigin: It is native to Southeast Asia and India.

Appearance: The Fishtail Palm has multi stem grey trunk. Each stem has 8 to 10 bipinnate leaves that can be up to 9ft long. The leaflets shaped like fishtails therefore the palm’s common name is Fishtail Palm.

Flowers/Fruits: It produces beautiful creamy flowers that grow among the leaves. Flower stems about 12 inches are followed by tropical looking green fruits that turn dark red as they ripe. Fruit has round shape and is about ¾ inch diameter.

Growth Rate: Moderate. This moderately fast growing palm can get up to 10 – 20 ft tall and 5-10 ft wide.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both.

Cold Tolerance: The Fishtail Palm can tolerate cold temperatures down to 15F. It is great for growing in the USDA zones 8b (15 to 20 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

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Light Req: Shade to partial shade.

Water Req: It requires a lot of water with good drainage.

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

Propagation: The Fishtail Palm propagated by seed and can also be propagated by division of clumps and separation of suckers from the parent clump. It takes around 4-6 months to germinate.

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5 Responses to “Fishtail Palm Tree – Caryota mitis”

  1. will a fishtail palm thrive in a household in the tropics – where the house is shut up during the day?

  2. i am propegating my fishtails want your advice. thanks

  3. What is a safe distance, in feet,that Ican plant some fishtail palms from the outlaying edges of my septic tank and the drain field without concern of the roots growing into eather the tank or the fields? Thank you, Best Regards, Dennis

  4. Warning:
    Fishtail palm fruit and the cluster material from which they grow contain microscopic toxic crystals that cause immediate and extremely uncomfortable irritation to skin. The berries ARE NOT to be eaten as they will cause severe mouth and throat irritation. Children and others with sensitive skin should beware.
    I bought a house here in Hawaii that has several fishtail palms growing and the occupant of the house has had to take his children to the emergency room for treatment for fishtail palm irritation. Plant only far away from populated areas, never within reach of human contact!

  5. I visited Maui last week. We had a fishtail palm in our backyard. One day while wondering the backyard I came across the palm and picked one of the little berries. I felt something hard in the center of the berry so I picked all the fleshy stuff off of it. My hands started to burn as soon as the juice touched my skin. The burning and itching was relieve with benadryll and anti itch cream.
    be aware of this plant.

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