Scientific Name: Caryota mitis
Common Name: fishtail palm
Family Name: Arecaceae
Origin: S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Zone: Zone 9: (-7 to -1 °C)
Plant Type: Indoor foliage plant
Mature Size: 7 - 10m x 4 - 5m (height x width)
Habit: Upright
Form: Vase
Texture: Medium
Landscape Uses: Indoor plant
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Compound, Spiraled, Soft flexible, Parallel venation, Lustrous, Bipinnate, Deltoid, Entire, Serrate
Flowers: Catkin (ament), White, May-Jul
Fruit: Drupe, Yellow, Red, Jan-Dec
Key ID Features:
Clustered basal stems 4-8cm in diameter eventually form bamboo-like nodes, 2-4m tall (outdoor plants in Zones 9b-11 can grow more than double this size); leaves pinnately compound, blades 1-3m long with 9-23 leaflets per side, each is ragged looking with fan-shape tips that resemble a fish tail, 10-18cm long x 7-12cm wide; petioles 80-190cm long; separate reddish male and female catkins may emerge below the foliage.