Form: Palm tree.
Lifespan: Approximately 150 years.
Leaf retention: Evergreen.
Growth rate: Slow.
Mature Size: 30-45' high.
Flowers: Pale yellow, clustered on long plumes, fragrant.
Bloom: Winter or spring.
Fruit: Round, 3/4" - 11/8" in diameter, yellow, maturing to black. The thin sweet
flesh, with a date-like or caramel taste, can be eaten fresh.
Leaves: A green, wide fan shape with a center rib, dividing past the half-way
point into many long fingers.
Stems: The trunk grows to a 1.5' diameter. The leaf stalks have small or non-existent
Roots: Deep taproot.
Wildlife: Attracts insects and birds.
Toxic / Danger: No. Possible small spines on leaf stalks.
Origin: Guadalupe Island, Mexico.
Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 9-11. Hardy to 18°F.
Heat tolerant: Somewhat.
Sun: Full sun. Intolerant of heavy shade.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Water after becoming established: Water deeply once or twice month, especially for
temperatures over 90°F.
Soil: Very well drained, tolerant of soil types otherwise, ph 6.1-9.0 (slightly
acidic to highly alkaline). Salt tolerant.
Fertilize: A magnesium (Mg) deficiency might occur in highly alkaline soil.
Prune: Dead fronds tend to drop off on their own.
Litter: Low, except infrequent frond and yearly wet fruit drop.
Propagation: Seed, which takes 2-4 months to germinate.
Uses: Ornamental, xeric garden, edible fruit.
Part of the Palm family (Arecaceae), the Brahea genus has eleven species, all with
fan-shaped leaves, including the Mexican Blue Palm. Brahea edulis has the largest fruit in
its genus. It does better in hot, dry climates with low humidity, and withstands windy locations.
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