Areca palm trees, Dypsis lutescens, will grow at a moderate pace until maturing at 15 to 20 feet tall. These palm tree fronds spread as they grow and have a wider canopy at the top of approximately 8 to 10 feet. Being moderately salt tolerant, Arecas make good plantings for the Pinellas county landscape.
Plant Arecas on approximately 5 foot centers, and planting a little closer for a thicker coverage or a little farther apart for a more open appearance. Keep a distance of about 4 feet from structures like houses or fences when planting, because these feathery palms spread as they mature.
So when planting palms for a privacy screen, hedge, large accent corner or focal point, or just to cover a blank wall or fence, even the side of a garage or building choose an Areca palm tree. These palms are sometimes referred to as Butterfly Palms and also make great container plantings to place on a patio, screened lanai, or pool area.