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Carpentaria Palm Tree

Carpentaria Palm Tree in the wild landscape.

The Carpentaria Palm Tree, scientific name Carpentaria acuminata, is very popular and is frequently used in Florida landscapes. The Carpentaria Palm has a lot of similarities with the Christmas Palm.  Most often, the Carpentaria Palm is planted in groups of two or more to give a great look of a tropical forest.

Carpentaria Palm Tree Info

Scientific name: Carpentaria acuminata

Common names: Carpentaria Palm.

Family: Arecaceae

OriginCarpentaria Palm is native to the rain forest areas of Australia’s Northern Territory, where it grows in flat lowland areas near lakes and rivers, and at the heads of saltwater estuaries.

Appearance: It has a smooth single trunk ringed with old leaf scars that are far apart because of the rapid growth. The slender gray trunk is about 10 inches in diameter, slightly swollen at the base, and is topped with a beautiful crown of gracefully arching fronds. The Carpentaria Palm usually has 10-12 pinnate, or feather-like, type leaves with 90-100 leaflets. They grow from a smooth green crownshaft up to 6 feet long. Leaves are deep green on the top and blue-green downside.

Flowers/Fruits: The Carpentaria Palm produces beautiful green to white flowers all year round. Flowers are held by long inflorescence growing from under the crownshaft up to 4 feet long. Flowers are bisexual, male and female flowers are on the same inflorescence. After 5-6 years Carpentaria Palm develops beautiful brilliant red fruits hanging in large clusters from the trunk. Fruits are oval, about 1/5 inch long. They should be avoided because the juice from these fruits can cause skin irritation.

Growth Rate: Moderate to Fast. Carpentaria acuminata is a fast-growing palm that can get up to 20-30 ft tall and 5-10 ft wide.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both.

Cold Tolerance: Carpentaria Palm is not very cold hardy. It can tolerate cold weather only down to 30F. It is great for USDA Zones 10a (30 to 35 F) to Zone 11 (above 40 F). It is also susceptible to trunk cracks in cool weather (cracks open the trunk to decay organisms), so make sure to provide cold protection if you expect cold temperatures.

Light Req: Partial shade to full sun.

Water Req: Moderate. The Carpentaria palm likes moist well drained soil and doesn’t tolerate drought that well. This palm requires a richer soil than many Florida landscapes can provide.

Insects and Diseases: The Carpentaria palms is a great tree because it has very few diseases.

Maintenance: Easy. To prevent nutritional deficiency, apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continuous release formula twice a year during growing season.

Propagation: Propagated by seeds.

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