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Bismark Palm Bismarckia nobilis

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Medemia nobilis
Phonetic Spelling
biz-mark-ee-ah noh-BILL-ihs
Description

A tropical palm tree native to Madagascar.  Plant in the full sun in well-drained soil though this palm seems to perform in clay soils.  Its silver blue leaves really pop in the landscape when planted near other dark green-leaved plants.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#tropical#heat tolerant#silver leaves#palm#silver
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#tropical#heat tolerant#silver leaves#palm#silver
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Bismarckia
    Species:
    nobilis
    Family:
    Arecaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Madagascar
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 40 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    Dark brown, ovoid, obtuse bi- or tri-lobed drupe with a single seed
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Description:
    Separate male and female trees Small brown flowers
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Waxy coating gives a gray-silver appearance on large palmate fan-shaped leaves that fall off naturally as they age.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Smooth
    Bark Description:
    Smooth grey-brown very straight trunk marked with spiral twists and ringed indentations from old leaf bases
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Heat