Fish tail palm’s germinates quickly grows in to bushy shape. Good for interior adds.
This clump-growing group of palms has medium
green leaf blades which are divided into many
segments, each of which resembles the tail of a fancy goldfish. Rarely exceeding 25 feet in height,
a number of species of fishtail palms produce suckers from the base creating a very attractive specimen palm. Its neat habit makes it ideal for use at poolside, in urns or other containers, and it is often seen in well-lit interiorscapes where its distinct form lends a tropical effect. It can be used as a house plant in large homes with plenty of light.
Fishtail Palms can thrive in light conditions from
full sun to deep shade, requiring only that its soil be well-drained and reasonably fertile. It has a moderate
to rapid growth rate and should be located outdoors in
a sheltered location protected from cold.
Unfortunately, the palm is susceptible to lethal
yellowing disease. In addition, it is monocarpic so a
stem dies after it flowers. This stem must be removed
to maintain a neat appearance. There are a variety of
other species grown in south Florida nurseries.
Propagation is by seeds or division.
Height: 15 to 25 feet
Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Crown uniformity: irregular outline or silhouette
Crown shape: palm; upright
Crown density: moderate
Cold hadiness: Grows in Frost Free Climate. Warm temperate and tropical.
Light requirement: tree grows in part shade/part sun;
tree grows in the shade; tree grows in full sun
Soil tolerances: clay; loam; sand; acidic; alkaline;
Drought tolerance: moderate
Aerosol salt tolerance: low
Growth rate: medium
Maintenance: Easy to grow