Dypsis lutescens

Golden Cane Palm, Butterfly Palm, Areca Palm

(35 customer reviews)

From: £36.95

A very popular indoor palm, Dypsis lutescens is both elegant and easy to look after, and a great choice for bringing some lush tropical greenery into your home.

A fountain of fine feathery fronds sit atop a dense cluster of gorgeous golden stems, hence its common name Golden Cane Palm.


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Origin: Madagascar
Genus: Dypsis
Species / Cultivar: lutescens
Common Name: Golden Cane Palm, Butterfly Palm, Areca Palm
Synonym: Chrysalidocarpus lutescens

Plant Biography

Native to the island of Madagascar, in many tropical environments this palm is commonly kept outside for its easy ornamental value. In the UK climate, it’s perfect for decorating any indoor space where it can get bright indirect light.

Dypsis lutescens goes by several common names, including Areca Palm, Golden Cane Palm and Butterfly Palm, the latter of which refers its iconic upwards curving leaves which resemble a butterfly.

Unlike Howea forsteriana, where several specimens are commonly planted together in one pot to achieve the full lush aesthetic, Dypsis lutescens’ many stems all grow from one specimen which forms clusters in the soil.

Dypsis lutescens
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: >8°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Final Size: Tall
Final size will work as a large stand-alone specimen plant.
Water Requirement: Light Watering
Water when several cm of soil depth is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.

Expert Tip

As per the NASA Clean Air Study, this palm filters xylene and toluene from the air.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Younger canes emerge green and tend to not show their full golden-yellow colour until the plant matures. Positioning the Dypsis lutescens in bright light will help to bring out the colour of the trunks and leaf bases.

Excellent service – delivery on time despite covid, and the plant lived up to expectations from the catalogue image. Delighted with my purchase!

Jacky R.

Excellent service – delivery on time despite covid, and the plant lived up to expectations from the catalogue image. Delighted with my purchase!
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35 customer reviews for Dypsis lutescens

Excellent plant – extremely well packaged ensuring that it arrived in first class condition. Will certainly buy again from The Palm Centre.

Terry Harris

A beautiful and healthy palm – best Ive ever bought, plus excellent service and wrapped so well, they should go into the embalming business! This is what e-commerce companies should aspire to.

Jeff MacCormack

My Dypsis lutescens arrived today and it is absolutely stunning – glowing with health and in wonderful condition. I am absolutely thrilled and want to thank Emma especially at the Palm Centre for all her help with my order and organising the delivery.Vanessa Lindsay

Vanessa Lindsay

I purchased the smaller of the two sizes on offer and it is beautiful it is much better than the one that you have used on your web site many thanks

Reg Drown