Dypsis lutescens (Yellow Butterfly Palm, Bamboo Palm, Areca Palm)

Botanical Information

SynonymsChrysalidocarpus lutescens
CategoryTropicals, Woody
TypeTree (evergreen), Shrub (evergreen)


USDA Hardiness Zone10a - 11
USDA Hardiness Ref.
Canadian Hardiness ZoneWinter protection under glass
Canada Hardiness Ref.
RHS Hardiness ZoneH1A
RHS Hardiness Ref.
Temperature (°C)15 - 25
Temperature (°F)59 - 70
Height10 m
Spread8 m
Flowering PeriodJune, July, August, September

Description and Growing Information

General DescriptionA multi-stemmed deciduous evergreen plant with fan like leaf clusters.
ID CharacteristicHas small yellow flowers in the summer near the top of the plant. The leaves spread out into a fan from the branches. It is an evergreen.
ShapeUpright vase shape.
LandscapeTypically the plant is used as a potted or house plant.
PropagationDividing offsets is quite easy.
CultivationPrefer well-drained, slightly acidic loamy soils. Only need to be watered in times of drought, but water sparingly otherwise. Will tolerate full sun or full shade but prefer filtered sun. North- or east-facing sheltered areas are ideal.
PestsScales followed by sooty mold can be a problem. Can get glasshouse red spider mites, thrips and mealy bugs.
HabitatIn Madagascar the plant grows in white sandy soils near beaches and coastal regions.
Bark DescriptionStiff, glossy, hardened sections bearing resemblance to bamboo. The bark has a chalky look despite being smooth.
Leaf DescriptionLarge palm leaves that extend out into fronds.
Flower DescriptionLong stems covered with yellow/white flowers. Numerous visible buds all over the stem.
Fruit DescriptionLong bundles of small brown or red fruit that resemble grape clusters.
Colour DescriptionDeep green leaves with a whitish-brown bark and white to yellow flowers. The bark has a chalky look despite being smooth.
Texture DescriptionSmooth glossy bark. Smooth broad leaves.