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Brahea edulis

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Guadalupe Palm (Brahea edulis) at Roger's Gardens

Guadalupe Palm

Guadalupe Palm

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Guadalupe Palm (Brahea edulis) at Roger's Gardens

Guadalupe Palm foliage

Guadalupe Palm foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Guadalupe Palm (Brahea edulis) at Roger's Gardens

Guadalupe Palm

Guadalupe Palm

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  45 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  9a

Description:

A solitary, majestic palm that is rare in cultivation; distinguished because it does not have a skirt of persistant dead leaves; it can survive mild freezing temperatures if kept dry, but it is best avoided; a wonderful addition to the tropical landscape

Ornamental Features

Guadalupe Palm has attractive dark green foliage. The large fan-shaped palmate leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The rough gray bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Guadalupe Palm is an open 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 usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Guadalupe Palm is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Guadalupe Palm will grow to be about 45 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 150 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Screening 
Applications
Foliage Color  Bark 
Ornamental Features