Giant Fish Tail Palm
Caryota obtusa (also called C. gigas by some authors) is the King Kong
of the fishtail palms. It is found scattered over a vast area between
northeast India and northern Thailand (which is where our seeds come from),
always growing in the mountains. Its awesome size --very tall with a thick
solitary trunk-- astonishingly fast growth, and massive and flatly held
leaves make it instantly recognizable, appearing like a gigantic treefern.
It is a 'must' for tropical and warm temperate parks and gardens. Also,
as it grows at quite some altitude, (up to 1000m/3300ft in India and 1600m/5300ft
in Thailand) there is every chance that it will grow in cooler conditions,
and may even tolerate a degree or two of frost. Such a rate of growth
needs to be fuelled by a rich and moist soil and an abundance of water,
especially in dry weather.