Hyophorbe verschaffeltii

The Spindle Palm 

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 Hyophorbe verschaffeltii





Mascarene Islands (E. Africa & of Madagascar Island)

Cold Hardiness: 

32 F.

Trunk type:

Spindle shaped trunk (thin at top and bottom) with a prominent bulge in the middle.  Unique crown shaft that bulges at its base 

Leaf type:

Pinnate (feather shape), leaves that somewhat arch and also twist on their axis (the main part of leaf), a bit.  The latter fact can be used to tell them from the Bottle Palm.  Also, the petiole (leafstalk) is yellow, whereas the Bottle palm petiole will have shades of red.


Solitary (single trunk).


Slow growing but fairly easy, providing you don't get too cold.

Speed of growth:

Slow to medium


14-16 feet

Soil requirements:


Sun Requirements:

Full sun

General Description:

A unique, different and popular palm that should be part of any palm collection, providing you don't get cold.  Its fusiform trunk (cigar shaped), silver unique crown shaft, and somewhat short leaves make it a very nice landscape palm.   More cold hardy than the Bottle Palm.

Other Notes:

A nice potted palm.  Compare this one to the Bottle Palm, H. lagenicaulis.

Further Data:


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