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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 bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

An interesting and unusual addition to the exotic garden. With its dramatic, arching foliage and wonderful 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 Argentinian species is still worth a try in the milder areas of the country . Differing from its more well-known cousin Butia capitata by 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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