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Salak fruitBotanical Name: Salacca zalacca

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.

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Plant Information or Specifications

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Tropical Garden Plant (#TropicalGardenPlant)

Preferred Climate

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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)


Plants required to Pollinate

3 Plants (Male and Female)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Likes Temps above 5deg

Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

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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



Question & Answer

Will this grow in albury nsw From:

Very unlikely unfortunately it will go well in Albury NSW. Under item specifications it says it is tropical and sensitive to frosts. Albury is likely more warm temperate - subtropical and would get a few frosts.

Are you able to tell male from Female? From:

Unfortunately you can not tell if male or female until they flower. So best to plant 2 or more. You also need to be in the tropics for Salaks to fruit

Customer Comments on Palm - Salak

Tree Information on growing, planting, pruning, maintenance, ripening, taste, pick or bonsai tips. But mainly how to grow a Palm - Salak Share Your Advice or ask questions on our Forum


Plants flourish in constantly moist, but well drained soil. | Jerry Coleby-williams - Brisbane, QLD 18-Dec-2010


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 | Mike Trenerry - Cairns, QLD 04-Jun-2011


Easy to grow, but need tropical climate to establish quickly. Strawberry taste dominates the taste. Excellent fruit and very special. | Albert Sittler - Mission Beach, QLD 22-Dec-2014

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. | Kari Karhunen - Turku, SF 20-Mar-2017

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. | James Valentine - Doi Tao, THAI 28-Jan-2018
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Palm - Salak (Seedling) 6/10

Ivepeters's Edible Fruits
Update: 1608 days 22hrs

Comments: - Moved to another location, dried out and died.

Planted: 2011

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

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