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Hyophorbe Verschaffeltii

Spindle Palm

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Hyophorbe Verschaffeltii (Spindle Palm) name derives from the shape of its trunk, narrower at top and bottom, with a characteristic bulge in the middle with a green to grayish crown shaft. The trunk is about 1.5 feet in diameter and under ideal conditions, when mature, 20 feet tall. The crown consists of 6 to11 arching pinnate leaves 9-10 feet long with numerous leaflets, leaves are bright green above and gray below. Inflorescences emerge as horn-like spikes from beneath the crown with orange becoming cream-colored fragrant flowers of both sexes.

Furthermore, the fruits are oval-shape, orange and about 1 inch long, with a seed used for propagation. Seeds germinate in 3 to 6 months. Hyophorbe Verschaffeltii (Spindle Palm) is easy to grow, preferring moist areas and needing irrigation during dry spells. Perfect for sunny spots and their high salt tolerance make it a great sea-side addition.  And, even though it is slightly susceptible to lethal yellow disease, but is somewhat cold tolerant.

The spindle palm is a unique decoration  in a garden, as it makes an impressive a single specimen, perfect for property entries, suitable for container growth; and a perfect addition to a tropical garden. Like the related bottle palm, the spindle palm is endangered in the wild, although it is cultivated widely.

Additional information

Common Name

Spindle Palm


Mascarene Islands, Indian Ocean

Light Requirements

Full Sun to Partial Shade

Salt Tolerance

High Salt Tolerance, Low Salt Tolerance, Moderate Salt Tolerance

Flower Color


Florida Native

No, Not FL Native

Growth Rate

Slow Growth Rate


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