Can the roots of my bottle palm break up my walkway?
The Gardener’s Answer
Hello, Sonia in Texas: Hyophorbe lagenicaulis, commonly referred to as a bottle palm, is considered a tropical for those of us not gardening in hardiness zones 10a to 11. As a Kentucky gardener, I am not able to answer this question from personal experience since they are not hardy in our colder climate, but from everything I have read these palms do not have an extensive root system that could potentially buckle your walkway. They are very desirable trees in terms of their mature size. Native to the Mascarene Islands, these palms only get to be around 10 feet tall and wide after several years. Bottle palms are not prone to many insect or disease issues, which is also a plus. They can tolerate full sun if given adequate moisture but will also be happy growing in part shade.