Bottle Palm trees (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis) are native to the Mascarene Islands, and are known for their bottle-shaped trunks as well as their upward arching fronds. These palm trees are popular in commercial and residential settings.
Bottle palms add tropical flair when planted as a focal point or accent in the landscape.
Bottle Palm (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis). Photo by Scott Zona, Flickr
Hyophorbe lagenicaulis (also known as Bottle Palm) belongs to the Arecaceae family, and can be planted year round in USDA hardiness zones 10 through 11. The Bottle Palm tree is considered to be a dwarf palm tree – perfect as a large container palm or planted in small gardens and landscapes.
Bottle Palms can grow up to twenty feet tall; however, average height is typically ten feet. Arching palm fronds fan out from a bottle shaped trunk to form a v-shaped spray.
The upward arching fronds are bright green in color, with a leaf blade length of twenty-four inches. These palm trees are planted outdoors as accents or focal points in the landscape.
Bottle palm trees add unique tropical appeal to residential and commercial landscape designs. Single specimens are typically used as a focal points or accents in the landscape. Several trees can be planted in a row to form a barrier or section off areas in the landscape.
USDA Hardiness Zone – Can be planted year-round in zones 10 – 11.
Location – Choose a location that receives partial to full sun. The location should be large enough to accommodate full growth. Allow a minimum of fifteen between plantings.
Soil – Bottle Palms like sandy, well-draining soil.
Note: Choose the location wisely; transplanting palm trees once they are established is risky.