Syagrus amara
Overtop Palm, Moca Palm, Rhiticocos Palm

Palm Tree Care and Names, How to grow palms



 Syagrus amara





Native to the West Indies, Lesser Antilles.

Cold Hardiness: 

Probably about 30-32s F.

Trunk type:

Single trunk, no crown shaft (like all Syagrus), smooth trunk when larger, thin to medium sized (in terms of diameter).

Leaf type:

  Long, green, very reminiscent of the Coconut.




Easy in non-freeze areas.

Speed of growth:



To about 40 feet plus, taller in the wild.

Soil requirements:


Sun Requirements:

Full sun

General Description:

This palm can fake you out.  When below it, if you glance up, you will swear it's a Coconut.  The fruits are quite large and the crown really looks like a Coconut.  Therefore, it is desirable and a good collector palm.  It is obviously more cold hardy than a Coconut. 

Other Notes:

Juvenile plants have a huge simple leaf before turning palmate.  One of our favorite Syagrus species.

Further Data:


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