The Carpentaria Palm Tree, scientific name Carpentaria acuminata, is very popular and is frequently used in Florida landscapes. The Carpentaria Palm has a lot of similarity with the Christmas Palm.
Carpentaria acuminata is a fast growing palm that can get up to 40ft tall and 12 ft wide. It has a smooth single trunk ringed with old leaf scars that are far apart because of the rapid growth.
Slender gray trunk is about 10 inches in diameter, slightly swollen at the base and is topped with beautiful crown of gracefully arching fronds.
The Carpentaria Palm usually has 10-12 pinnate, or feather-like, type leaves with 90-100 leaflets. They grow from a smooth green crownshaft up to 6 feet long. Leaves are deep green on the top and blue-green downside.
The Carpentaria Palm produces beautiful green to white flowers all year around. Flowers are held by long inflorescence growing from under the crownshaft up to 4 feet long. Flowers are bisexual, male and female flowers are on the same inflorescence. After 5-6 years Carpentaria Palm develops beautiful brilliant red fruits hangs in large clusters from the trunk. Fruits are oval, about 1/5 inch long. They should be avoided because the juice from these fruits can cause a skin irritation.
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