Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors(hardy down to 30℉) 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 25 - 30 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 8 - 10 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Dypsis lutescens
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The World's Most Popular Indoor Palm
Areca Palms boldly go further up north than any other palms have before because they thrive in pots and low light conditions. If you live outside of the Areca Palm’s recommended growing zones 9 – 11 plant your palms in containers and bring them indoors during the colder months.
With Areca Palms breathe easy, because they filter and clean the air. They filter dry, stale air and remove its pollutants and irritants while pumping out fresh, clean and humid oxygen.
They are often referred to as the ‘Bamboo Palm’ because they have multiple long golden stems that arch over towards the top. Each stem is covered with dark, lush, green leaf blades that bring a tropical look to any room of the house.
As a houseplant the Areca Palm greets and entertains guests, with year around color. They seem to always have creamy white flowers in bloom, while producing small, bright orange ornamental fruits that are referred to as ‘betel nuts’.
When planted outdoors Areca Palms grow up to thirty feet tall, with a spread of 8 to 10 feet. Their large size makes them an excellent choice for a privacy screen because their thick foliage grows together to form a solid, green wall. Use them to provide privacy for your home, yard and pool.
Areca Palms can be utilized in your landscape in an endless variety of ways, especially in containers. They can be used as tropical accents for the garden, porch or patio. They’re even popular to frame entryways with! Let your creativity flow to find the perfect spot for your Areca Palms.
Best of all, Areca Palms are incredibly low maintenance. With a high a level of drought tolerance and heat resistance they will handle the hottest month of the year without any trouble. They aren’t picky about their soil, or the amount of sunlight they receive. Areca Palms will flourish without time consuming, hands on maintenance.
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Customer Reviews & Photos
Great palm tree
Beautiful palm tree growing fast indoors. Arrived well packaged and with plenty of soil in a pot. Will order a few more after winter.
Happy and flourishing addition to our home!
Our Areca palm arrived in excellent condition and was well protected during shipment. We reported the palm immediately upon arrival and it is now flourishing. We couldn't be happier with this beautiful addition to our home!
I hope it survives
My palm arrived almost a week after placing the order. Everything looked great on the outside but the Palm was in very rough shape inside of the box.
Nice tree follow-up customer service lacking
I like the tree but it arrived with some black spots on it that have become more numerous with time. Although I emailed FastGrowingTrees to ask for advice on how to treat these spots and get rid of whatever infestation that was causing them I never heard back. So although the tree is nice the follow-up customer service doesn't seem to be very good. I am hoping to obtain advice from another source as to how to treat this infestation.
Planting & Care
The Areca Palm is a lovely tree that has gorgeous long, feathery fronds with golden stems that arch over towards the top. This variety known as “Dypsis lutescens” perform their best in USDA growing zones 4-8 on the patio (or potted) and 9-11 outdoors. In warmer climates, they’ll do better with indirect sun. In colder climates, they prefer to be in full sun. Areca palm trees are moderate growers, maturing to a height of 25-30 feet tall and 8-10 feet in width. Take into account the tree’s mature height when selecting a location to plant it. Avoid power lines or where your roof may be above the tree.
Location: Choose a location that receive a lot of sun (6+ hours daily) in colder climate, but indirect sun in warmer climate.
Planting Directions (in the ground):
1) Dig your hole 2-3 times the width and slightly shallower than the root ball.
2) Loosen the soil, in and around the hole so the roots can easily break through.
3) Use your fingers to separate the roots of your fan palm and gently position downward in the hole. The top of the root flare (where the roots end and the trunk begins) should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
4) Hold the tree straight as you begin to backfill the site, tamping down the soil as you go.
5) When finished, apply water to settle the soil and remove any air pockets.
Planting Directions (potted):
1) Choose a container that is 1-2 times larger than the pot that the plant initially arrived in.
2) Use a quality acidic potting medium such as a palm or citrus mix.
3) Partially fill the container part way, position the palm and fill the remainder leaving a slight space from the rim of the pot.
4) Choose a location on the patio, backyard, or front/side of the house providing it will receive full to partial sun.
5) Water until it begins to flow through the bottom drainage holes, keep the soil slightly moist but not saturated.
6) If bringing indoors during the winter, keep by a sunny window and water as needed. Avoid exposure to both drafts and heat from a window or vent.
Watering (in the ground): Palm trees are drought tolerant once established, but will require frequent watering as they establish. Allowing the soil to dry out will weaken the root system of the palm tree. Only allow the soil to dry 1-2 inches down before watering again. The frequency will depend on the climate and how much rain you receiving.
Watering (potted): Stick you finger into the potting soil down to a depth of 2 inches and feel around for any moisture. If the soil is drying out, go ahead and water until you see it escaping the drainage holes and then stop. If there is still moisture present, leave it be until it dries a bit more.
Pruning: Palms do not need much pruning except to remove damaged fronds. Be careful not to pull off any dead or damaged fronds as that can leave a wound behind. Always remove any damaged fronds by pruning them off with a sharp pair of sterilized pruners.
Mulch: To help enrich the soil and reduce growth competition from weeds, apply a heavy mulch around the trunk, using wood chips, cypress bark or lawn clippings. This will also help to reduce water consumption. Avoid letting the mulch touch the trunk as this can promote rot and/or fungus.
Fertilizing: Nutrients are vital for palm trees to thrive. The sandy, well draining soils they prefer have a tendency for nutrients to leach away quickly. You can apply palm fertilizers that contain specific nutrients best suited for palms. The slow release of these nutrients will provide consistent, targeted feeding to help your tree grow strong and healthy. If you prefer, you can use a balanced fertilizer such as an 8-8-8 formula for quicker growth in spring and summer. To avoid yellowing and maintain a healthy shade of green coloring, feed your tree a few spoons full of Epsom salt or a fertilizer that contains nutrients like manganese which will prevent the yellowing and shriveling of the fronds.
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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
|$149 & above||Free Shipping!|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
Growing Zone Finder.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 7-11||Ships Now!|