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Hyophorbe Lagenicaulis

Bottle Palm

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Hyophorbe Lagenicaulis (Bottle Palm), so-called because of its swollen lower trunk, is an intriguing and unusual ornamental palm. It is a myth that the swollen trunk is for water storage. A solitary palm, the trunk is up to 2 feet in diameter, smooth, gray in color with a light green crown shaft; it may achieve a height of 30 feet, but is slow-growing. The crown is very sparse made up of only 4-6 leaves open at a time; the dark green leaves have a characteristic twist to them and can reach 10 feet in length. Inflorescences emerge from below the crown and bear beautiful white-cream colored flowers of both sexes.

Furthermore, the fruits are oval, 1 1/2 inches long, green when immature but turn black when ripe, containing a single seed used for propagation. Seeds germinate in 6-8 months. Hyophorbe Lagenicaulis (Bottle Palm) is easy to grow, tolerating a range of soil types providing they are well-drained and well-watered. It has no serious insect or disease problems, but is frost-sensitive. It is a striking specimen tree on an open lawn or grouped with other plants; also suitable for container growth. In the wild this palm is endangered in its homeland in the Indian Ocean islands, although it is widely cultivated.

Additional information

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native


Round Island, Mascarenses, Indian Ocean

Flowering Season

All Year, Autumn, Autumn – Winter, Dry Season, Intermittent, Spring, Spring-Autumn, Spring-Summer, Summer-Autumn, Winter

Drought Tolerance

High Drought Tolerance

Light Requirements

Full Sun to Shade

Salt Tolerance

High Salt Tolerance

Flower Color


Common Name

Bottle Palm

Growth Rate

Slow Growth Rate