Butia capitata

Jelly Palm

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Plant type

Evergreen tree

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Mark Bolton, copyright GAP Photos (57105)

Plant details

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.

Family: Arecaceae

Genus: Butia

Species: capitata

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

Height: 500cm

Spread: 400cm

Time to plant: April to July

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