This is a clustering species, with many trunks to about 6 m tall, with bipinnate leaves. Fishtail palms typically form multi-stemmed clusters, up to 8 m high and 4 m wide. Each slender stem is topped with several bipinnate leaves that can reach 3 m in length. The light green leaflets are shaped like a fish's tail fin, hence its common name. The fishtail palm prefers full sun to part shade. This palm needs adequate moisture, but with good drainage. Caryota mitis tolerates light frosts, but is not hardy. The fishtail palm is a tough, easy to grow palm that makes a great houseplant.