You will only find this palm growing naturally in the driest areas of the island of Hispaniola. The trunk can reach heights of 30 feet w/a diameter of perhaps 8 inches.
The books say it need full sun from youth to old age, but..... mine was planted in semi shade and is doing quite well. I have two pictures here and will take an up to date one when I can clear some of the weeds that are now obscuring a clear view.
Like many of the other dry area palms this was purchased from Kapoho Palms in April of 1998. It went in the ground in 2000.
Not bad growth for one year!
Three and 1/2 years from the second photo it is much bigger.