Dypsis sp. “Orange Crush”
Natural Habitat: Naturally found throughout the Sambirano, Marojejy, and Mantady regions in Madagascar.
Description: A medium sized solitary palm that can reach heights over 20 feet tall. The palm gets its name original species name from its self-cleaning crownshaft, which begins its life as a light green color. (As the top layered orange crown leaf falls off). As the new crown leaf ages, it begins the process of turning from light green to a bright orange color, before it falls off and reveals a new green crown leaf. The trunk is light green, that closely matches the new crown leaves before they turn orange, with tan leaf scares. The crown emerges 6-9 long pinnate branches, with evenly spaced thin green leaflets.
Environment: The pilulifera enjoys a sunny, moist, and well-drained area, where it can get an even amount of sun and shade during the day. It enjoys plenty of water, so try to keep it well watered. It is not very cold hardy, and should be kept in zones 10-11. However, we have a been growing a batch in a protected area in Zone 9b with little problem. As a seedling it needs a shady area where it will get watered regularly.