Alphabetical Plant Listing

Bismarckia nobilis (Bismarck Palm)

Bismarck Palm


Grown for its striking foliage color and texture, Bismarckia nobilis (Bismarck Palm) is an evergreen palm adorned with a thick trunk topped by a broad rounded head of gorgeous, stiff, intensely steel-blue, fan-shaped fronds, 4 ft. long and wide (120 cm). The persistent leaf bases are split, creating an attractive pattern on the trunk. Easy to grow, Bismarck Palm is dioecious, with separate male and female plants. The dark brown female inflorescences are followed by brown fruits about 1.5 in, across (3cm). Bismarck Palm grows rather slowly when young but once it develops a trunk, growth rate is more moderate. Easy to care for, Bismarck Palm can regrow from rare freezes to 25°F (-4°C). It has exceptional tolerance of high, dry heat and is perfectly adapted to the low desert areas. The bold texture and color and eventual great height of this species make a strong and dramatic statement in any landscape. Grow it where its stout trunk and incredibly beautiful canopy can show off - in rows along driveways or as a specimen plant in a lawn.

  • Grows with an upright habit up to 40-70 ft. tall (12-21 m) and 10-15 ft. wide (3-5 m).
  • Easily grown in well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. This species is not as resistant to windstorm damage as most other species of palms. It is highly drought tolerant and moderately tolerant of salt spray on the leaves.
  • Bismarck palms can be pruned at any time of the year, but only completely dead leaves should be removed. Avoid cutting leaves that are only partially dead.
  • No serious disease or pest issues. Keep an eye out for palmetto weevils (rhynchophorus cruentatus) and ganoderma butt rot.
  • Propagated by seeds that germinate slowly over a period of 6 to 12 months at high temperatures (90-100°F or 32-37°C).
  • Native to Madagascar.

Not sure which Palms - Cycads to pick?
Compare All Palms - Cycads

Buy Bismarckia nobilis (Bismarck Palm)

Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Climate Zones 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Palms - Cycads
Plant Family Palms - Cycads
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 40' – 70' (12m – 21m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

Buy Plants

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Palms - Cycads

Guides with Palms - Cycads


Chiro Image, Needatang, Smeilov Sergey, Shutterstcok

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Climate Zones 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Palms - Cycads
Plant Family Palms - Cycads
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 40' – 70' (12m – 21m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Palms - Cycads

Guides with Palms - Cycads

Plant Calculator

How many Bismarckia nobilis (Bismarck Palm) do I need for my garden?

%
ft
ft

Your Shopping List

Plant Quantity
Bismarckia nobilis (Bismarck Palm)

Find your Hardiness Zone

Find your Climate Zone

Find your Heat Zone

Join Gardenia.net

Create a membership account to save your garden designs and to view them on any device.

Becoming a contributing member of Gardenia is easy and can be done in just a few minutes. If you provide us with your name, email address and the payment of a modest $25 annual membership fee, you will become a full member, enabling you to design and save up to 25 of your garden design ideas.

Join now and start creating your dream garden!

Create a New Collection

Optional. For your reference.


Move Selected Plants to a Different Collection


Delete Collection

This field is required.