trade
search plant database and seed store
Plant Informational Database

Sealing Wax Palm

Cyrtostachys renda

Medium sized palm with bright red stalks, the only such palm in the world.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Sealing Wax Palm. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in February 2014.

Description

Medium sized, slow-growing and slender palm to 30ft in its native range, often only to 10-15ft elsewhere. Its best known feature is its brightly red colored trunk and fronds, making it instantly recognizable from other palms.

Hardiness

It is not hardy, surviving only brief temperature drops into the 40's. Ideal year-round temperatures range from 75-85F.

Growing Environment

Grows well in both full sun or part shade. Tricky to grow, the sealing wax palm needs high humidity, well-drained soil, and is not tolerant of drought or wind. As they naturally grow in swamps, they are highly tolerant of flooding and can be grown in standing water.

Propagation

By seeds, which take 2-4 months (and sometimes up to 9 months) to germinate.

Uses

Often grown in tropical regions for its pretty red color.

Native Range

Native to swampy areas of peninsular Malaysia and the island of Sumatra.

Additional Pictures

banner

Related Species

Arecaceae  
Aiphanes aculeata
Coyupe Palm
Areca catechu
Betel Nut
Arenga engleri
Dwarf Sugar Palm
Astrocaryum vulgare
Tucuma Palm
Bactris maraja
Maraja Palm
Brahea armata
Mexican Blue Palm
Brahea edulis
Guadalupe Palm
Butia capitata
Jelly Palm
Butia eriospatha
Wooly Jelly Palm
Butia purpurascens
Purple Yatay Palm
Butia yatay
Yatay Palm
Caryota urens
Wine Palm
Cocos nucifera
Coconut
Cyrtostachys renda
Sealing Wax Palm
Dypsis decaryi
Triangle Palm
Euterpe edulis
Jussara Palm
Euterpe oleracea
Acai Palm
Euterpe precatoria
Forest Acai
Jubaea chilensis
Chilean Wine Palm
Licuala grandis
Vanuatu Fan Palm
Lodoicea maldivica
Coco de Mer
Mauritia flexuosa
Moriche Palm
Serenoa repens
Saw Palmetto
Syagrus oleracea
Bitter Coconut
Syagrus romanzoffianum
Queen Palm
Syagrus vagans
Wandering Palm