Dypsis lutescens

Golden Cane Palm, Butterfly Palm, Areca Palm

(32 customer reviews)

From £59.95

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.

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!

32 customer reviews for Dypsis lutescens

Beautiful plant ,well packaged

roy C.

I purchased the smaller size butterfly palm and really pleased with this beautiful plant. Delivery was delayed due to cold weather, but I was kept informed. The plant was very well packaged, but unfortunately two of the lower leaf stems were broken. I phoned customer services and a ver pleasant person took my number but my call was not returned. However, I am so thrilled with the quality and look of this lovely plant and would recommend Palm Centre.

Ruth K.

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

jacky R.

Very high quality. I was particularly impressed With how well it had been transported. Looks great. Thanks!

Thomas S.

Absolutely loved the service, kept me up to date, packaging was great , and the plant was in superb condition

Ujala R.

I’ve bought amazing plants from The Palm Centre previously and remember how impressed I was with the quality of plants, so didn’t hesitate to come back to them when looking for an Areca palm. I’m very happy with the quality and price. I highly recommend this company for service and quality.

Rita B.

Purchased an Areca palm and I couldnt have made a better choice! The plant is stunning, healthy and lush. Delivery was quick and efficient, despite the funny looking packaging.
Wont hesitate to recommend The Palm Centre to friends.

Janice S

Received well packaged & wrapped, no bent stems, now placed near window in living room and looks stunning. Very pleased so far.

Catherine K.

Buying a plant unseen, particularly when it has to be delivered by a courier, can be risky, but not so with the two palms we bought from The Palm Centre. They both looks amazingly healthy, well balanced proportion-wise and we will be ordering more soon!

Michelle B.

A perfect purchase. Bought one Dyspis lutescens and 2 Chamaedorea elegans. All arrived in prime condition, packaging excellent. Delivery had to be delayed because of extreme cold weather. The plants were a gift and I was told that I could run the risk, if I chose to go ahead anyway, but I am glad I accepted their advice not to. These people are obviously professionals to be trusted.

Richard D

Plant is bushier than the pic and was damaged in transit with the pot broken. I sent an email and had no reply. Not much else to say but I wouldnt buy from them again.

Palm Centre Reply: Dear Elisabeth, were so sorry for missing your email. We believe our Customer Service Team is now in contact with you to solve the situation as fast as possible.

Elisabeth Kean

Very pleased with my palm ! So full and healthy and packed well – would definitely buy from here again


Very pleased with my purchase. I I received a very healthy, and great looking palm. Once I had planted and positioned in the chosen room it looked fantastic. The grandchildren love it as well. The packaging and distribution is worth a mention because it arrived at the scheduled time and the Tufnell driver was very courteous and helpful.

Ian white

Received my Butterfly Palm Tree (Dypsis lutescens) today and was most impressed with both the size and quality of the palm. I had ordered the larger size 160/180cm tall and it already looks so mature and established as if it has been growing in my lounge for years. It was packaged very thoroughly and arrive in perfect condition. Would certainly buy through the PalmCentre again.


I bought the smallest (7litre) plant along with two other (larger) palms to revitalise my conservatory. This one is now positioned in my green jardinière, looking fab and with plenty of room to grow. It is a very healthy specimen with glossy leaves and offsets the Phoenix roebelenii and Beaucarnia recurvata perfectly. I couldnt be more pleased with the quality of all three plants and the six ferns also purchased. Delivery excellent and good communication (check junk mail for confirmation).

Sue Kirk

The palm I received is really stunning, beautifully shaped and larger than I thought it would be. This is one of a total of 3 palms I ordered and I am very pleased with all three. I will be ordering more, including another of these. Delivery took only 4-5 days and the palm arrived in perfect condition.

Derek Robinson

Just had palm delivered (very fast!) and its beautiful. Excellent service. Thank you.


Cant say I was too impressed with the plant or service. When ordering I never received a confirmation email for my order or tracking details, and when it did randomly arrive it was poorly packaged and had brown tips. Not really acceptable. Proceed with caution

The Palm Centre reply: Hi J, we do apologize for the issues youve had with your order. The website sends automatically emails for order confirmation and despatch notification. However, sometimes, these get filtered by some free email providers as they are wrongly classified as spam. With regards to your delivery, we are working with our courier partner to constantly improve the service they provide to our customers, given the unusual shapes of our parcels. Brown tips on mature leaves are not uncommon and they do not affect the plants survival.


very pleased, recommend highly

indoor plant lover

Beautiful plant, and very quick delivery! Thank you, would definitely recommend!


Fantastic quality, well packaged and fast delivery. Really cant fault the company at all. Highly recommend.


I bought a 1.9 meter butterfly palm and automatic watering pot. very pleased with both, arrived following day by courier in perfect condition. Highly Recommended !!!. I am probably going to buy another automatic watering pot as I have been looking for these for years without luck.

Rod V

I bought the 60 – 80cm tall plant and it is well over a metre, plus in great condition and now a beautiful feature in my flat! Thank you very much Palm Centre.

Rachelle Maxwell

The bought 3 of these plants, they are stunning and really beautiful. Also the delivery service was fast.

Claudio Fernandes

Absolutely beautiful palm bear Ive ever had. Packaging was fist class well done the palm centre

Kevin Halliday

beautifull palm I will buy again from you soon


Stunning. So happy with our purchase.

Stuart Eastwood

Absolutely stunning palm, best one I have ever had! I also want to thank Emma for her help with a delivery problem, excellent customer service I would rate that as 5 stars as well.


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