Butia capitata(Pindo Palm, Jelly Palm)

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Butia capitata(Pindo Palm, Jelly Palm)

Post by PlanesandPalmsGuy » Sun Jul 25, 2004 4:04 pm

Butia capitata is sometimes know as the "Pindo Palm," or the "Jelly Palm."
The Jelly palm is quite cold hardy growing well into zone 8. The Pindo Palm can grow as far north as the Virginia Capes. It is unusual, because the Jelly is a pinnate leaf palm. There are 2 types of palms, palms with pinnate fronds and palms with palmate fronds. Pinnate fronds are the fronds that look like feathers and palmate fronds are the fronds that are shaped like fans. Pinnate palms tend to be less cold hardy than palmate, which is why it is unusual for a pinnate palm like Butia capitata to be so cold hardy. I'm of course leaving one other type of frond out called costapalmate, which is a combination of a pinnate and a palmate frond. The Sabal minor(Dwarf palmetto) is a good i.e. of a costapalmate palm, as well as Chamerops humilis var. cerifera(Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm). The Jelly palm is native to Brazil and produces a fruit which can be made into jelly. The Jelly Palm is used alot in the southern United States along the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic. The Jelly Palm is also grown far inland in the south, in places like Macon, Georgia, Jackson, Mississippi, and Birmingham, Alabama. It is attractive, providing a more tropical look for the non-tropical area. For the professional cold hardy palm grower, its worth a try in zone 7b. :wink:

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Post by Fred » Fri Oct 07, 2005 7:10 am

I have a friend in Kentucky that grows palm in zone 7a. He grows needle palms , sable minor, sable palmetto, and subspecies like texensis and louisiana, tracycarpus. do you think tht a pindo or chamerops humilis would grow there. He gives no winter protection. The Sable palmetto gets minor leaf burn, but the others do not. What do you all think? He grows many genus of marginal plants other than palm as well.

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Post by DesertZone » Fri Oct 07, 2005 4:28 pm

It would be worth a try :)
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Butia Capitata, Jelly palm, Pindo palm

Post by chumleycycads.com » Mon Dec 17, 2007 9:39 pm

Did it also used to be called Butia Astralis? And what is exactly Syagrus X Costae ? Robert Chumley www.chumleycycads.com
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Post by Laaz » Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:00 am

Robert the old timers used to call the Queen palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana) Cocos Astralis.

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Post by jaydeebee » Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:47 pm

Hey Laaz, I was told that the jelly palm was called the cocos astralis. I don't care for them although they are really cold hardy. They are lots of them in eastern NC


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