The enchanting foxtail palm is extremely popular for its perfect proportions, self-cleaning habit and full, rounded fronds. A tropical showstopper in the landscape, the foxtail is available in single or multi-trunk specimens. Its smooth gray trunk is topped with a bright green crownshaft and big tufted fronds that resemble the bushy tail of a fox. The charismatic beauty of this palm works in almost any landscaping, as long as the house itself isn't overwhelmed by its size.
Foxtails are fast growers, reaching an ultimate height of about 30 feet. These South Florida palms like plenty of sunshine and they're moderately drought-tolerant once established, though a regular watering is ideal. The foxtail is a moderately salt-tolerant palm and it's self-cleaning (old fronds fall off by themselves).
Foxtail palms will work well in large containers while they're young. Like all plants, palms produce flowers and seeds. After flowering, a more mature foxtail bears a large, heavy cluster of fruit containing seeds. The fruit is showy and bright red, each one the size of a small tomato.