Common Names: Carpentaria palm
Family: Arecacea/Palmae (palm Family)
Palm Fast Growing Has evergreen foliage Has Unusual or Interesting
Similar in appearance to Christmas palm (Veitchia merrillii),
Carpentaria Palm has an advantage in its faster growth. This tall,
slender palm grows to 40 ft (12 m) on a single smooth grey trunk.
The attractive crown is composed of 10-12 gracefully arching leaves,
which are deep green on top and blue-green below. Each leaf has a
pinnate or feather shape and is 5-6 ft (1.5-2 m) long with 2 ft (60
cm) long leaflets. Carpentarias have a smooth green crownshaft. Both
male and female flowers occur on the same inflorescence and are
green to white in color. The fruit is 0.5 in (12 mm) in diameter,
red in color, and should be avoided as it is an irritant.
Carpentaria acuminata is native to the rain forest areas of
Australia's Northern Territory, where it grows in flat lowland areas
near lakes and rivers, and at the heads of salt water estuaries.
Despite requiring frequent watering, the Carpentaria Palm has
flourished both in its native habitat and in cultivation. With wide
soil adaptability and fast growth, this palm is a favorite.
Light: Carpentaria palm needs a bright, sunny location.
Moisture: Carpentaria Palm requires high moisture and/or irrigation
and generally will not withstand periods of drought.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 10 - 12. This palm is very sensitive to cold
and can be killed outright by heavy frosts.
Propagation: The seeds must be fresh - they will germinate in 1-3
The Carpentaria Palm has been highly regarded in the nursery trade
because of its attractive form and fast growth. Although it can be
planted alone, it is best when planted in groups of 3 or more to
create a "forest" setting. Because of its ultimate height, this palm
should not be grown next to small buildings as its size will only
make the structure appear that much smaller.
This graceful palm looks very attractive when used in street
plantings. In tropical Darwin, Australia, it is a popular landscape
item for lining boulevards and avenues. Note that the relatively
short life span of Carpentaria palm requires that specimens be
replaced about every forty years.
Carpentaria Palms are a quick and easy way to landscape a
residential or commercial area. Their graceful fronds give a great
tropical feel and quickly grow to form an impressive accent to any
A point of possible confusion is the genus name. A very
attractive North American evergreen shrub, called the California
anemone, is named Carpenteria californica - note that this genus is
spelled with an 'e'. This plant was named for an American professor
named Carpenter. The palm genus was named after Australia's Gulf of
Carpentaria, a landmark that actually lies at some distance east of
this palm's native habitat which is near Darwin.
The fruit of the Carpentaria Palm is an irritant and should be