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Although not the hardiest of choices, the sheer impact of this large evergreen palm makes it well worth a try in some of the milder parts of the country. Haling from the temperate forests of Southern Brazil and Uruguay, this silver leaved, slow growing species can tolerate temperatures down to -5C (23F). As hardiness increases with age, it is advisable to choose the biggest size you can afford and plant in a warm sheltered site, preferably near a south facing wall. Excellent specimens can be found growing outdoors in The Chelsea Physic Garden and in the far South West of England. In its native land the tree's edible red berries are harvested and made into a variety of sweets, jams & jellies, hence its name.
Plant type: Evergreen tree
Flower colour: Yellow
Foliage colour: Blue-green, Grey
Feature: Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Experienced
Time to plant: April to July
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