Natural Habitat: Endemic to the Northern Madagascar, where it grows in wet land rainforests and low elevation mountainous areas.
Description: A solitary trunked palm that can reach heights over 60 feet in habitat, but tends to grow much shorter in cultivation reaching 30 feet high. The Redneck Palm gets its name from the red to brown, soft felt like covering that grows over the crownshaft. The soft felt covering begins to grow on this palm from a very young age, around 6 months to a year, and keeps it for the remainder of its life. The trunk is bright white to gray and accented by large rings or leaf scares left by the oldest falling leaves. 8-10 pinnate dark green leaves emerge from the crownshaft. The leaves can reach 10 feet in total length and tend to hold themselves above the self cleaning crownshaft, giving the palm a very clean appearance.
The Dypsis lastelliana “Redneck Palm” is often confused with the Dypsis leptocheilos “Teddy Bear Palm”, due to their very similar appearances. Many palms sold as D. lastelliana are in fact D. leptocheilos. Here is a list of distinguishing trait between the two; D. lastelliana has shorter leaves (10 foot in total length compared to 12 to the D. leptocheilos), a darker color to the crownshaft, grows taller, has more tightly spaced leaflets.
Environment: D. lastelliana enjoys a sunny to partially shaded moist and well drained area where it can get plenty of moisture throughout the day. As a younger palm is prefers a shady area until it reaches a 7G size when it can be slowly acclimated to full sun. It is cold hardy to the low 30’s and can handle mild freezes and frosts without fatal consciences if properly protected. During prolonged cold periods the leaves may burn and brown. Zones 10-11, marginal 9b.