Fishtail Palm – Caryota mitis
Caryota mitis is more commonly know as Fishtail Palm or clumping Fishtail Palm. There are several varieties within this genus that all have the characteristic leaflet shapes on its fronds. It is native to tropical rain forests from India through Southeast Asia.
It prefers some shade and will tolerate light frosts. Size can be managed by pruning new stems away from the base. This would be best done before rainy season.
Fishtail Palm is an excellent screening plant for tropical regions. It can grow from 5′ to 20′ in about 6 years to provide beautiful screening or needed shade. — Pete