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Foxtail Palm

Wodyetia bufurcata


Foxtail Palms are available in single or multi-trunk specimens. It gets its name from the big tufted fronds that resemble the bushy tail of a fox.


The beauty of this magnificent palm works in almost any landscaping, as long as the house itself isn't overwhelmed by its size.


Like all plants, palms produce flowers and seeds. After flowering, a more mature foxtail bears a large, heavy cluster of fruit containing seeds. The Foxtail Palm’s fruit is showy and bright red, about the size of a small tomato.




Foxtails are fast growers, reaching a height of about 30 feet. They're best suited for Zone 10, though areas of Zone 9B that closely border Zone 10 will work with normal winter temperatures.


These South Florida palms like plenty of sunshine and they're moderately drought-tolerant once established, but a regular watering is ideal.


The foxtail is a moderately salt-tolerant palm and it's self-cleaning so the old fronds fall off by themselves.




Plant with organic peat humus or top soil added to the hole.


Fertilize with a granular palm fertilizer containing micronutrients in spring, summer and autumn.


Supplement fertilizer feedings by applying manganese or magnesium every so often to keep the fronds a deep-green color.


You'll never have to trim a frond, since old ones fall off on their own.




Fronds are large on this palm, so plant a single specimen at least 8 feet from the house (and even farther for multiple trunks, since they bow out) to allow the head of the palm room to flush out without fronds being damaged.


If planting a row of foxtails, place them at least 6 feet apart. If the "head" of the palm clears a fence or low structure, you can place it as close as 3 feet from the fence.


Foxtail palms will work well in large containers while they're young.


Landscaping with Foxtail Palms


  • stand-alone specimen for the yard (especially nice with multiple trunks)

  • focal point and large anchor plant for a garden bed

  • architectural accent for a two-story house

  • center of a circular drive

  • lining a walkway or drive

  • along the property line

  • tropical accent near an uncaged pool

  • double-trunk framing a focal point (your front door?) or beautiful view

  • container plant (when young) for pool cage or patio


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