California Gardens - The Year Round Gardening Site

Butia capitata - Pindo Palm, Jelly Palm

The grace of the head of the Jelly Palm on a bulbous trunk makes a beautiful sculpture all by itself. The grey leaves and striking fruits are icing on the cake. Butia capitata has a slow to moderate rate of growth. I think that rather nice when looking at these upwardly mobile telephone poles. Some other species growth measures in feet per year. That is a maintenance headache, especially with many communities putting restrictions on how palm fronds can be discarded. Butia capitata will grow at less than one foot of trunk per year.

Butia capitata, Pindo Palm, Jelly Palm