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Caryota gigas

Himalayan fishtail black trunk

Caryota gigas is a lush tropical palm with a unique and incredibly beautiful form. It's distinctive bipinnate "fishtail" leaflets form on huge leaves that can grow up to 30' long and 15' wide. This sensitive plant takes 30-60 days to deroot, and a full 6 to 12 months to establish in it's new location. Be patient. The wait is worth it!

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Caryota gigas

Himalayan fishtail black trunk

Caryota gigas is a lush tropical palm with a unique and incredibly beautiful form. It's distinctive bipinnate "fishtail" leaflets form on huge leaves that can grow up to 30' long and 15' wide. This sensitive plant takes 30-60 days to deroot, and a full 6 to 12 months to establish in it's new location. Be patient. The wait is worth it!

Key Plant details

Cold Tolerance:

28°F (-2°C)

Growth Rate:

Total Height:

20-60 ft (6.1-18.3 m) tall

Habit:

Solitary trunks

Leaf Structure:

30 ft (9.1 m) long, bipinnate

Canopy size:

5-20 ft (4.6-6.1 m) wide

Trunk width:

36 inches (90 cm) thick

Exposure:

Full sun to shade

Soil requirements:

Well-drained, moist

Tolerances:

Low drought tolerance, low salt tolerance

Reproduction:

Monocarpic, plan for eventual removal

Water usage:

Moderate to High

HEat requirement:

Full sun to shade

Hazards:

Toxic seeds, avoid handling fruit

Native origin:

Asia / South Pacific, 5,000 ft level, Himalayas, Burma

Further Reading:

Designing with Palms, Jason Dewees

What makes our plants so special? Our location on the cliffs of Santa Barbara receives over 280 days of sunshine a year and we utilize our indigenous soil, mixing it with a specialized amendment. Our plants are routinely watered, fertilized, and trimmed. We always aid our plants to proper health when needs arise, and we do so without the use of sprays.

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