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.

Leaf detail against blue Florida sky.  Unique leaflet shape gives the Palm its name.   PalmBoss loves caring for fishtail palms with proper nutrition.

Leaf detail against blue Florida sky. Unique leaflet shape gives the palm its name.

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.

PalmBoss fishtail palms

15-gallon size palms about 6 feet tall and 6 feet apart

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

Same row of palms 6 years later

Same row of palms 6 years later – PalmBoss loves caring for fishtail palms with proper nutrition.


Have a comment or question?

  1. Ryan says:

    What do you mean by screening plant? I can’t remember where I’ve seen these before.

  2. PalmBoss says:

    Screening plants are types that create a dense wall of foliage. Sometimes we screen an undesirable view, screen for privacy, or even create a wind screen.

  3. Hilary Patiarca says:

    Would fishtails be a good solution near a pool, or do they make a mess? I want to plant a clump in the corner, but only about 8′ from the pool, and I get a decent amount of wind. I plan on trimming the trunks clear of leaves and small branches.