The Teddy Bear Palm Tree, scientific name Dypsis leptocheilos or Neodypsis lastelliana, is a very elegant palm known for its unique trunk with a distinctive reddish-colored fuzzy crownshaft. It can grow indoors or outdoors. The Teddy Bear Palm is also known as Redneck Palm and Red Fuzzy Palm.
Dypsis leptocheilos grows at a medium rate up to 30ft tall and 15ft wide. It has a single, clean, white, waxy trunk ringed by the scars from the fallen fronds. The crownshaft is covered in dense reddish-brown velvet like or fur-like fuzzy material “tomentum”, hence the name Teddy Bear Palm. The trunk has a lot of similarities with bamboo.
About 15-20 slightly arching leaves emerge from the crownshaft forming a beautiful crown. Leaves are pinnate, or feather-shaped, 8-10ft long, with gorgeous drooping dark green leaflets that are 18 inches long and 1 inch wide.
It produces pale yellow creamy flowers that bloom from May to August. Flowers are supported by 3ft long branched inflorescence coming from below the leaves. The Teddy Bear Palm is monoecious, male and female flowers on the same plant. Flowers are followed by berry-like fruits.
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