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Chinese fishtail palm
Scientific Name: Caryota ochlandra Hance
Synonym:
Family: Arecaceae
Chinese fishtail palm (Caryota  ochlandra) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 13,21-25

Frost Tolerance: The most cold resistant of the fishtail palms, 24F (-4C) when mature, young plants are more cold sensitive

Heat Tolerance: Shade to part shade in the low deserts

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade.

Origin: Southern China (Canton)

Growth Habits: Solitary palm, up to 25 feet tall (7.5 m); bipinnate leaves with light green leaflets

Watering Needs: Regular water, keep soil moist, needs good drainage

Propagation: Seeds


Blooming Habits:
Greenish flowers, on elongate inflorescences, up to 9 feet long (2.7 m), appearing first at the highest leaf level and then keep appearing lower. The tree dies when it finishes blooming.

Fruiting Habits:
The red fruits, 0.1 inch in diameter (2.5 cm), contain oxalic acid, and are toxic if ingested, they also need to be handled with care since the juice can burn the skin. They contain 1 or 2 dull gray seeds.


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