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Metallica Palm Tree

Metallica Palm Tree in the wild

Metallica Palm Tree, scientific name Chamaedorea metallica, is native to Mexico. This palm has a foliage with a dark metallic blue-green sheen hence the common name Metallica Palm. This palm is usually planted in a group of two or three. This is slow growing small palm that is perfect for small landscapes. It can also tolerate low lights making it perfect for indoors.

Metallica Palm Tree Profile

Scientific name: Chamaedorea metallica

Common names: The Metallica Palm Tree is also known as Metal Palm, Metallic Palm, Miniature Fishtail Palm, Dwarf Fishtail Palm.

Family: Arecaceae

Origin: It is native to Mexico.

Appearance: It has a single thin green trunk ringed by old leaf scars. Leaves are metallic blue-green, pinnately veined, and resemble a fishtail shape, hence the common name Dwarf Fishtail Palm. The stems are about 15 inches long and the leaves are about 30 in long and 15 in wide.

Flowers/Fruits: It produces small red, purple or orange flowers that grow in a branched inflorescence. Male and female flowers grow on different plants. Flowers are followed by green egg-shaped fruits that turn black when ripe.

Growth Rate: Slow. This palm can slowly grow up to 5-10 ft tall and 1-5 ft wide.

Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both. Great for growing doors.

Cold Tolerance: This palm is cold hardy and can tolerate cold down to 25F. It is great for growing in USDA Zones 9b (25 to 30 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

Light Req: Partial shade to Shade. Tolerance to low light conditions make this palm perfect for growing indoors.

Water Req: Moderate.

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

Propagation: Metallic palm can be propagated by seeds. Seeds are easiest to germinate if planted within 4-6 weeks after the fruit is ripe.