Fishtail Palm (Caryota mitis)

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Growing Zone: 10-11
Growing Zone: 10-11 Outdoors

Plant Specifications

Plant Name Fishtail Palm (Caryota mitis)
Mature Height 20-30 feet
Mature Width 6-8 feet
Spacing 6-8 feet apart
Sunlight Full to Partial Sun
Temperature Tolerance 60-80°F
Watering Needs Moderate (once a week)
Growth Rate 2-4 inches/year
Difficulty Level Moderate
Grows Well Indoors Yes, with bright, indirect sunlight
Flowering Time Spring to early summer
Origin Native to Southeast Asia

The Clustering Fishtail Palm (Caryota mitis) is a fascinating species with lush, uniquely shaped leaves reminiscent of a fishtail. This tropical delight features a multi-stemmed growth habit and adds an exotic flair to any landscape. With its ability to grow in containers or directly in the ground, it's the perfect addition for those seeking to bring a touch of the tropics into their spaces.

How to Grow Clustering Fishtail Palm

Caryota mitis thrives in USDA hardiness zones 10-11 and enjoys a balance of sun and shade. It appreciates a rich, well-draining soil medium and has a moderate to fast growth rate. With time, it can reach up to 20-25 feet tall, providing a visually pleasing vertical element in your garden or indoor space.

Care Tips

Maintain a consistent watering routine, keeping the soil evenly moist but not soggy. Feed with a high-quality, slow-release palm fertilizer during the growing season to ensure optimal growth and health. The Fishtail Palm is not tolerant of frost, so in cooler climates, consider planting in a container that can be moved indoors.


With its intriguing leaf shape and lush growth, the Clustering Fishtail Palm is an eye-catching accent plant for both indoor and outdoor designs. It can be used to create a tropical backdrop in garden beds or as a standout specimen in large containers. In larger landscapes, it serves as an excellent screening plant.

Planting Tips

When planting, choose a location that accommodates its mature size and offers partial shade. Dig a hole as deep and twice as wide as the root ball. Place the palm in the hole, backfill with soil and water thoroughly. For indoor planting, choose a container with adequate drainage to prevent waterlogging.


The Fishtail Palm is low-maintenance once established. Water and fertilize regularly during the growing season, and prune dead or yellowing fronds as necessary to maintain its tidy appearance. If indoors, ensure the palm receives bright, indirect light to avoid leaf burn.

Pests and Diseases

Fishtail Palms are relatively resistant to pests but can occasionally be bothered by spider mites or mealybugs. These can be treated with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Root rot can occur in poorly drained soils, so ensure the palm is planted in a well-draining medium. Implement good watering practices to prevent these issues.


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