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Scientific name: Ptychosperma macarthurii Pronunciation: tye-koe-SPER-muh mack-ar-THUR-ee-eye

Common name(s): Macarthur Palm

Family: Arecaceae

USDA hardiness zones: 10B through 11 

Origin: not native to North America Uses: container or above-ground planter; suitable for growing indoors; near a deck or patio; specimen; no proven urban tolerance

Availability: generally available in many areas within its hardiness range



Height: 15 to 25 feet

Spread: 6 to 10 feet

Crown uniformity: irregular outline or silhouette

Crown shape: palm; upright

Crown density: open

Growth rate: medium

Texture: medium


This attractive small palm is noted for its multiple, slim, ringed grey trunks which are topped with soft green, feathery, flat, broad leaves with tips that appear jagged and torn. Macarthur Palm prefers partial shade but will tolerate full sun or dense shade on any well-drained soil. Abundant moisture will allow it to look its best because it will keep more leaves. Propagation is by seed. Pests and Diseases No pests or diseases are of major concern. This palm is lethal yellowing-resistant. Sooty mold sometimes coats the trunk.



Roots: surface roots are usually not a problem

Winter interest: no special winter interest

Outstanding tree: not particularly outstanding

Invasive potential: little, if any, potential at this time

Verticillium wilt susceptibility: not known to be susceptible

Pest resistance: long-term health usually not affected by pests

Macarthur Palm (Ptychosperma macarthurii)


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