Areca or Butterfly
Palms are widely planted throughout sub-tropical and tropical
climates and make wonderful wind, sound and privacy screens. Of the tribe Areceae, and subfamily Arecoideae
it is also known by the botanic name Chrysalidocarpus lutescens.
It grows quickly and is often grown as a shrub or hedge. Areca palms
are native to Madagascar.
Areca Palm makes a great
screening hedge. Click image to
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Common Name: Areca
Palm or Butterfly Palm
Botanical Name: Chrysalidocarpus
Plant Type: Clustering
Rico and Virgin Islands
Zones: 10 - 11
Rate of Growth: Quick
Salt Tolerance: Moderate
Soil Requirements: Widely
Water Requirements: High
Nutritional Requirements: High,
subject to potassium deficiency.
Light Requirements: Moderate,
compound, reduplicate, with 80-100 leaflets held in a "V". Color -- Medium
Green to Bronze. 8' long; leaflets 1.5-2" long, 1.5" wide.
long, borne below the leaves, few branching, drooping, yellow-gold flowers are
very attractive to bees
Pests or diseases: Ganoderma,
phytophthora bud rot, gliocladium blight, caterpillars, mealybugs, banana moth
or specimen plant
Bad Habits: Foliage
usually marred by nutritional deficiencies on soils with low fertility. May
attract IO and Saddle-back caterpillars which do not defoliate the plant, but
cause painful stings when touched, i.e. when trimming or removing dead fronds.
Cost: $$ --
Seed, germinates in 2 months or less when fresh, division.
Guide to Landscape Palms,
AMERICAN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY A-Z ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GARDEN PLANTS