Palm - Salak

Salacca zalacca

Salak fruit

Also called the snake fruit due to the beautiful pattern on the fruit, this is a tropical palm from Bali in Indonesia. The brittle thin skin is removed to reveal yellow/white flesh which has flavours reminiscent of Granny Smith apple, strawberry and pineapple. The small palm is very prickly, it has a tendency to blow over in strong tropical storms where it re-roots itself, so it can move from the place it was originally planted Suited to tropical areas only.
Other Names: Snake Fruit

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Specifications of Palm - Salak

Preferred Climate TropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 5-10m

Plants required to Pollinate 3 Plants (Male and Female)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Likes Temps above 5deg

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? No (Full Size)

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 5+ Years

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%), Part (Sun:50-80%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March


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Palm - Salak Reviews & Tips

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James Valentine
4y ago

Doi Tao, THAI

Palm - Salak

Bought fruit in BKK. Planted seeds in Chiang Mai area Thailand. 6 seeds Sprouted in about 6 weeks. Now about 4 inches tall. What happens next? Don't know.

Kari Karhunen
5y ago

Turku, SF

Palm - Salak

I tried salak fruit in Cambodja end of January. I took 7 seeds to home and put them to pot in 30.1.2017. It took about 6 weeks before there was little sprout on the surface. Today 19.3. there is 5 little salak babies on the surface of the pot.

Albert Sittler
7y ago

Mission Beach, QLD, Australia


Easy to grow, but need tropical climate to establish quickly. Strawberry taste dominates the taste. Excellent fruit and very special.

★★★ 8y ago


Moved to another location, dried out and died.

Mike Trenerry
10y ago

Cairns, QLD


There are 3 Bali Salaks (S.zalacca amboina) with the pictured highland one the best.Pondoh is the best Inonesian one (S.z.zalacca) with Thai Salacca wallichiana var.sumalee and noen wong being excellent and cold tolerant

Jerry Coleby-williams
11y ago

Brisbane, QLD


Plants flourish in constantly moist, but well drained soil.

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