Reaches a height of 35 metres, with a single, slender trunk no more than 35-40 centimetres in diameter. It has costa palmate leaves, meaning, fan-shaped with many fibrous white threads. The petioles are long with thick spines. It thrives in coastal areas, though it can withstand cold temperatures as low as 6° below zero, and even lower in inland regions. It performs well in the heat. It appreciates some irrigation, but also adapts to dry soil. It is the ideal palm to plant in groups, lines, or in isolation.