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A picture of a Areca Palm

Areca Palm

Dypsis spp.

Also known as

Butterfly Palm, Yellow Palm

Starr 080326-3791 Chrysalidocarpus lutescens by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

6m

4m

Min

2.5m

25 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Overview

Dypsis is a genus of around 140 evergreen multi-stemmed palm species that produce yellow flowers and are characterised by their ability to branch aerially above their main trunk, a growth habit not seen in many palms. Some species retain their leaves and utilise these to capture nutrition. Some species are very vulnerable and only exist in highly restricted locations such as Madagascar. Other species are widely grown as ornamental garden plants in tropical and subtropical climates or in cooler climates, indoors as houseplants (such as Dypsis lutescens).

Common problems

Propagation

Seed

Special Features

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

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