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Jelly Palm

Butia capitata

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Jelly Palm (Butia capitata) at The Home And Garden Center

Jelly Palm

Jelly Palm

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Jelly Palm (Butia capitata) at The Home And Garden Center

Jelly Palm foliage

Jelly Palm foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Jelly Palm (Butia capitata) at The Home And Garden Center

Jelly Palm fruit

Jelly Palm fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7

Other Names:  Pindo Palm, Wine Palm, Butia odorata,

Description:

This feather palm eventually forms a thick solitary trunk that can reach 20 feet tall; graceful leaves that almost recurve back to the trunk; a very hardy variety that withstands considerable cold for a palm; a great accent or container plant

Ornamental Features

Jelly Palm has attractive grayish green foliage. The recurved narrow pinnately compound leaves are highly ornamental and remain grayish green throughout the winter. It produces orange berries from mid to late summer. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. The rough bark and gray branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Jelly Palm is an evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a towering form with a high canopy of foliage concentrated at the top of the plant. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Jelly Palm is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Jelly Palm will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

Jelly Palm is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features