Dypsis lutescens

Latin name

Dypsis lutescens


Common name

Areca Palm



How easy is it care for?

More commonly known as the “Areca Palm”, this is a species of flowering plant in the family of Arecaceae. In its native Madagascar this plant is considered an endangered species – its numbers are decreasing in the wild. Similar to bamboo, these palms have smooth, sometimes golden trunks and narrow fronds. Outdoors they can grow 4-9m tall, indoors they’re unlikely to top 2m.

Caring for your plant


Prefers full to partial sun. Indoor plants need to be near a very bright window.


Must be planted in a well drained site or container. Water frequently enough to keep the soil lightly moist in spring and summer. In winter and autumn however, allow it to dry slightly between waterings.


Pruning or trimming is not often needed – however dying fronts can be carefully removed once they are mostly brown.


A time release fertiliser in spring should give the plant most of the nutrients it needs for the rest of the season.

Pest & Diseases

The areca palms are vulnerable to common pests including mites, aphids, mealybugs, scale and whiteflies.

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