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Butia capitata

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BEW-tee-uh kap-ih-TAY-tuh
Description

Butia capitata, is a popular landscape plant in the northern areas of Florida as well as the Gulf and Atlantic area of the southeast, in North Florida and throughout the mild Gulf and Atlantic coastal regions of the southeastern United States. This cold-hardy palm has feather palm pinnate leaves that arch inwards towards a thick stout trunk.  Its fronds grow longer in shady situations, giving the palm a more graceful aspect than those grown in full sun.  It's moderately salt tolerant. Shrub or small tree to 20 feet, erect and single stemmed. 

This variety is one of the hardiest of the feather-leaved palms.  It has developed some drought tolerance due to its deep root system.

Family name Arecaceae (Palmae)

Quick ID Hints:

  • Blue-green, long, pinnately compound leaves
  • Paired pinnae ascend rachis in V-formation
  • Single, stout stem clothed in grey leaf bases

Slow-growing; eventually will become a small (palm)tree; best in zones 8-10. 

Prefers warm, sunny location; intolerant full shade, cold, wet soil; pest problems.

 

 

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#evergreen#sun#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#red-orange#shrub#tree#salt tolerant#winter interest#ornamentals
 
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Tags:
#evergreen#sun#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#red-orange#shrub#tree#salt tolerant#winter interest#ornamentals
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Butia
    Species:
    capitata
    Family:
    Arecaceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Brazil (Bahia, Goiás, Minas Gerais)
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Orange
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Showy
    Fruit Width:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit is used to make jellies and fermented for wine. Spherical to Ovoid, yellow to red, 1".
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Auxillary flower clusters on large 3-4 foot long inflorescence bearing tiny, yellowish to orange-red showy flowers which are fruity-scented. Unisexual flowers of both sexes (male with 6 stamens and female with 3 stigmas and a solitary pistol).
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Fronds
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves range from light green to bluish gray and grow 5 to 10 feet long that arch inwards. Each leaf has 25-60 pairs of narrrow pointed leaflets. pinnately compound, blue-green; pinnae linear, 2-ranked in V-shape, regularly spaced in one plane, ascending, single fold.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stout, erect, clothed with grey leaf bases.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Flowering Tree
    Foundation Planting
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Salt