Caryota gigas
Thai Mountain Giant Palm, Black Trunk Fishtail

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 Caryota gigas

Caryota gigas

Caryota gigas







Cold Hardiness: 

About 24-25 degrees F.

Trunk type:

large, single trunk, non-crown shafted.

Leaf type:

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


Solitaire (single trunk).



Speed of growth:

Medium fast, not as fast as C. urens.


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

Soil requirements:


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:

Initially confusion of name "gigas".  Note wide leaflets.  Nursery Plant shown.

Further Data:

See Caryotas, Did You Know? article.

Palm for sale/Availability:

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