Butia capitata

Synonymy: Cocos capitata, Syagrus capitata Distribution: Brazil, Uraguay
Common names: Pindo palm, wine palm, jelly palm Conservation status: Not threatened

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Small adult

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Butia capitata var. strictior

From Brazil, one of the hardiest feather (as opposed to fan-) palms, Butia will withstand -10 or -12C when larger. Beautiful blue-green leaves, strongly recurved, make it instantly recognisable. An essential palm for the exotic garden. Tolerant of the weather in high rainfall regions. Also wonderful as a conservatory palm, or even indoors if the light is bright enough. Ultimately it can grow to about 10 or 20 feet, though this will take some years. The fruit from this palm are used to make jelly, hence the name jelly palm.

Top photo courtesy and copyright 1998, Javier Segura, PALMASUR: Palms and Gardens in the south-west of Europe. Middle photo courtesy and copyright 1998, Alix & Magdeleine Hoareau ParcAPalm. Inflorescence photo copyright 1998, Jody Haynes; personal collection. Bottom photo courtesy and copyright 1998, Geoff Stein; taken at Huntington Gardens, Pasadena, CA.

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