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Butia capitata (Jelly Palm)

Pindo Palm, Jelly Palm, South American Jelly Palm, Wine Palm, Cocos capitata

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Butia capitata, Pindo Palm, Jelly Palm, South American Jelly Palm, Wine Palm, Drought tolerant tree, Palm Tree

Slow-growing, Butia capitata (Jelly Palm) is a handsome small evergreen palm with a stout solitary trunk crowned with blue-green to gray-green leaves that curve in towards the trunk. The pinnately compound leaves, 3-6 ft. (90-180 cm), form a dense, full crown and arch gracefully creating a slightly weeping effect. Each leaf has 25-60 pairs of slender leaflets which ascend from the spiny leaf stalk to form a V-shape. The heavy trunk is patterned with the stubs of old leaves. In summer, small, creamy-yellow, fruity-scented flowers appear in long spikes, up to 3 ft. long (90 cm). They are followed by showy clusters of orange-yellow, sweet, edible fruits, as large as dates, and rich with a pineapple flavor. Easy to grow, Jelly Palm is salt, heat, and drought tolerant and among the hardiest feather palms, withstanding temperatures down to 14ºF (-10ºC). An attractive palm tree as a freestanding specimen or grouped with other palms.

  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 10-20 ft. tall (3-6 m) and 10-15 ft. wide (3-5 m).
  • Easily grown in well-drained soils in full sun or part shade. Drought tolerant once established.
  • No serious disease or pest issues.
  • Propagate from seed in spring.
  • Native to Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina.

Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 10 - 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Palms - Cycads
Plant Family Arecaceae
Genus Cycas
Common names Pindo Palm, Jelly Palm
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10' - 20'
(3m - 6.1m)
Spread 10' - 15'
(3m - 4.6m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden
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Roystonea regia (Florida Royal Palm)
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Acoelorrhaphe wrightii (Paurotis Palm)
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Cycas revoluta (Sago Palm)
Chamaerops humilis (European Fan Palm)
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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 10 - 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Palms - Cycads
Plant Family Arecaceae
Genus Cycas
Common names Pindo Palm, Jelly Palm
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10' - 20'
(3m - 6.1m)
Spread 10' - 15'
(3m - 4.6m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden
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