This palm is known to tolerate the hot dry areas of Madagascar and is doing well in some of the hotter areas of SoCal as well. Other Dypsis that prefer full sun, just don't do well in the shade - but this seems to be an exception. This palm is in a very shady spot, and seems to love it. Is it possible this is not really the "true Ambositrae?" This already has four heads on it and is starting to really grow fast now. This was the D. ambositrae that had the bright red new spear as a smaller palm.