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Fishtail Palm

The Fishtail Palm Tree, scientific name Caryota mitis, is native to Southeast Asia and India. It is 
also known as Clustered Fishtail Palm. 

Growth Rate: Moderate
Height: Up to 15 – 20ft
Light Requirement: Shade to Partial shade
Water Requirement: Moderate
Cold Tolerance: down to 20F


The Fishtail Palm has multi stem grey trunk. Each stem has 8 to 10 bipinnate leaves that can be up to 9ft 
long. The leaflets shaped like fishtails therefore the palm’s common name is Fishtail Palm. It produces 
beautiful creamy flowers that grow among the leaves. Flower stems about 12 inches are followed by 
tropical looking green fruits that turn dark red as they ripe. Fruit has round shape and is about ¾ inch 

Growing Fishtail Palm Tree

This moderately fast growing palm can get up to 20ft tall. It requires a lot of water with good drainage. 
It is not considered cold hardy, but will tolerate temperatures below freezing for a short period of time.
It likes full sun but can also grow in broken shade. The Fishtail Palm can also grow indoors.


The Fishtail Palm propagated by seed and can also be propagated by division of clumps and 
separation of suckers from the parent clump. It takes around 4-6 months to germinate.