PINDO PALM, jelly palm

FAMILY: Arecaceae | GENUS: BUTIA capitata (B. odorata)

TYPE
  • Trees
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

Crowned with 510 feet, green or blue-green leaves that curve in toward the trunk, this slow- growing South American native grows 1020 feet tall, with a 1015 feet head. Long spikes of yellow flowers develop into clusters of yellow to red, edible summer fruit (flavor is sweet-tart, like an apricot-banana-pineapple blend). It is among the hardiest feather palms, taking 15F. Spent fronds hang down over the stout trunk like a hula dancer's skirt. To show off the patterned trunk, keep all these spent fronds trimmed to the same length.

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