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A picture of a Coconut Palm

Coconut Palm

Cocos nucifera

Also known as

Coconut Tree, Copra

Cocos-nucifera-20070216-021 by Gary Houston (CC0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








7 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Coconuts fall from trees when fully mature, and are easily collected from the ground.

More images of Coconut Palm

A Cocos nucifera palm tree growing in a garden
A Cocos nucifera plant growing in the wild with green leaves
A close up of some yellow Cocos nucifera flowers
A photo of Coconut Palm
A photo of Coconut Palm

Coconut Palm Overview

The Coconut Palm, Cocos nucifera is a large palm species, growing up to 30 m tall. Old leaves break away cleanly, leaving the trunk smooth. Coconuts are generally classified into two general types: tall and dwarf. On fertile soil, a palm can yield up to 75 fruits per year, but more often yields less than 30. Coconuts are large, dry oval-shaped drupes, encased in thick fibrous husks. The skin is green, yellow, or bronze-gold, turning to brown, depending on cultivar and maturity. Seeds are filled with endosperm, which is solid and sticks to the seed coat, and also in liquid form, called “milk”.

Common problems with Coconut Palm

How to propagate Coconut Palm


Seeds spread via ocean currents and germinates when kept moist.

Special features of Coconut Palm

Attractive leaves

Attractive fruits

Other uses of Coconut Palm

Erosion control, nuts, ornamental. Suitable for coastal conditions.


Fruits yield "milk", oil and have a thick white fleshy layer.


Coconut oil


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