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Dypsis lutescens - Single-Stemmed Butterfly Palm

Dypsis lutescens - Single-Stemmed Butterfly Palm (Dypsis lutescens)

This is one of the tallest Butterfly palms I've seen in San Diego, CA. It's most likely pushing 50 ft. (15 m) tall. Photo taken March 3, 2020.

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Andrew, how many years does it take to reach this height?

4 Mar, 2020


That's a lovely one .

4 Mar, 2020



It takes many years. I'm guessing this palm is over 30 years old, possible 40 years old. It just depends if it gets regular water and fertilizer. I know I've seen them grow from a 5 gallon-sized plant to 12' in 5 -7 years.

I have a D. lutescens in my front yard and it had three trunks, now only 1 trunk because of the horrible drought conditions here. It's been in the ground for 6 years and is only 6' tall.

4 Mar, 2020


Penny, thanks! I really love palms!

4 Mar, 2020


So do I you s have so many different kinds over there. I have two in big pots that can 😊 with stands our weather not sure what the name is though I call them fan palms.

4 Mar, 2020


Are you sure its not some other Dypsis?..that trunk is massive.

5 Mar, 2020


Penny, you probably have the Windmill Palm. lol! It's a very hardy palm. I've seen many growing in Europe.

10 Mar, 2020


Dypsis lutescens is a highly variable tree. It's definitely a single trunked tree. It's very tall, probably the tallest one I've seen in south California.

10 Mar, 2020

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