Caryota gigas
Thai Mountain Giant Palm, Black Trunk Fishtail

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 Caryota gigas

   

Description

   

Locality:

Thailand

Cold Hardiness: 

About 24-25 degrees F.

Trunk type:

large, single trunk, non-crownshafted.

Leaf type:

Bipinnate with wavy leaflets, often several off-tones of green

Suckering/Solitary:

Solitaire (single trunk).

Maintenance:

Easy

Speed of growth:

Medium fast, not as fast as C. urens.

Height:

In So Cal, has only obtained height of about 35 to 40 feet.  In wild are taller, up to 60 feet.

Soil requirements:

Average

Sun Requirements:

Full sun

General Description:

A beautiful fishtail that is becoming quite popular.  Dark trunk with fern-like leaflets.  Wide girth to leaves and leaves are very firm, not bending upright easily.

Other Notes:

On introduction to the market, initially confused with Caryota "obtusa" and other names.

Further Data:

See Caryotas, Did You Know? article.

Palm for sale/Availability:

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