Butia Capitata is a brilliant ornamental palm perfect for the British garden or indoors. The plant itself is native to South America, particularly Argentina and Brazil. Jelly Palm leaves are not shaped in a circular fan like many other palms but instead take on a more oblong outline, forming arcs rising and falling from the trunk. Because of its interesting shape, the Butia Capitata has become popular as an ornamental, specimen plant; creating a relaxed sense of the tropical. The plant itself has been used for many years to produce fruits that have been used to produce cocoa. The plant is hardy at H5 and only needs sheltering in an extreme cold snap. Minimal pruning is only necessary if you feel the plant really needs it, otherwise no mainteance is required. It is pest and disease free. Final height is between 3 m – 6 m (9.8 ft – 19.6 ft) and final width is between 3 m – 5 m (9.8 ft – 16.4 ft)
Latin Name: Butia Capitata
English Name: Jelly Palm
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Flowering Period: No Flowering Period
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well Drained. Clay, Loam, Sand
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sun or Partial Shade
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered
Hardiness Rating: High (H5)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -15 °C to -10 °C (5 °F to 14°F)
Growth Habit: Tufted
Pests: Generally pest free
Diseases: Generally disease free
Cultivation: Succeeds in most fertile moist but well-drained soils in a sheltered sunny position. Tolerates light shade. Plants grow well in full sun, even when small. Plants can tolerate at least some maritime exposure with salt spray and somewhat saline soil conditions. Established plants are drought tolerant. A very variable plant, with many forms and varieties
Propagation: Propagate from seed in spring
Pruning: Minimal Pruning
Suggested planting locations and garden types: Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Final Height: 3 m – 6 m (9.8 ft – 19.6 ft)
Final Sideways Spread: 3 m – 5 m (9.8 ft – 16.4 ft)
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