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Butia yatay

Jelly Palm

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen tree

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Half hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by Charles Hawes, copyright GAP Photos (167547)

Plant details

An interesting and usual addition to the exotic garden. With its dramatic arching foliage and gnarled prehistoric-looking trunks, the only thing that lets this palm down is its marginal hardiness. Arguably only reliably withstanding temperatures down to -5C (23F), this rare Argentinean species is still worth a try in the milder areas of the country. Differing from its better known cousin Butia capitata by its habit of retaining its leaf stems on its trunk, it also requires a more quickly draining soil to mimic the Mediterranean conditions of its natural habitat. To maximise chances of success, choose the biggest size you can afford and plant in a warm sheltered site, preferably near a south facing wall.

Family: Arecaceae

Genus: Butia

Species: yatay

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Blue-green, Grey

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 500cm

Spread: 400cm


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