The Carpentaria Palm is extremely sensitive to cold weather; it prefers zones 10 to 12, which includes only the very southernmost points of Florida and parts of California.
Carpentaria acuminata is similar in appearance to the Christmas Palm, but grows faster and taller. It has one of the thinnest trunks of any palm, so it is often grown in clumps to create the illusion of a thicker plant.
It does have attractive flowers, but they can actually cause skin and eye irritation, so they should be admired without touching them.
Palmco does not carry the Carpentaria palm on a regular basis, but may be able to order it for particular landscaping projects. Instead, however, you may want to choose an alternative from our more than 20 varieties of palm trees.
We offer over 30 years of experience in growing and maintaining palm trees, and we can put that experience to work for you by choosing the perfect palm tree for your project.
Palmco offers several other palm tree options that are similar to the Carpentaria:
The Areca palm is field grown at Palmco. This palm offers the clumping features that are associated with the Carpentaria. The growth zones are similar as well. The only real difference between the two palms is that the Carpentaria grows to be about 40 feet tall in some situations, whereas the Areca will only reach heights of about 20 feet. Areca is much more drought tolerant than Carpentaria as well.
Dwarf Sugar Palm
The dwarf sugar palm is also one that will clump well. Like the Carpentaria, the dwarf sugar palm will do well in zones 10B to 11. It is moderately drought tolerant but, unlike Carpentaria, does not tolerate salt water well. As the name implies, the dwarf sugar palm is much shorter than the Carpentaria—the dwarf sugar will only reach heights of about 12 feet.
This palm is similar to the Carpentaria in that it will reach similar heights and has a solitary trunk. Generally, however, the King Alexander will not clump well, but can be grown with two heads. Like the Carpentaria, the King Alexander is native to Australia and does well in zones 10B to 11; however it is much more cold hardy than the Carpentaria. King Alexander is sometimes referred to as “King Palm” because of its noble and stately appearance.
Although this palm isn’t clumping, it does give that illusion because the fronds grow directly out from areas up and down the trunk. Its look is unlike the traditional palm tree because it really doesn’t have one noticeable “head.” The Triangle Palm can be found in zones similar to the Carpentaria, but it is a bit more cold-hardy and drought-tolerant. Unlike the Carpentaria, however, it does not deal well with salty soil.
Palmco can supply the right palm tree for your project, including the Carpentaria Palm.
Walk our grounds and you’re likely to come across the ideal palm tree variety to suit your landscaping or construction project.
Give us a call for more information at (239) 283-4594.