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Pindo Palm

The Pindo Palm is also know as Butia Capatatia and also called the Jelly Palm.
This beautiful feather palm has long pinnate leaves that arch upward and then curve back towards the ground from atop a thick stout trunk. The trunk can grow to 20 feet, but normally reaches 12-15 ft (3.7-4.6 m) with a diameter of 1-1.5 ft (0.3-0.5 m). Typically, the old leaf stalks persist for years, although specimens with clean trunks are not uncommon. Leaves range from light green to bluish gray and grow on palm fronds that are 5 to 10 feet long. The leaf stems range from about 2-4 ft (0.6-1.2 m) in length and have spines along both edges. The palm produces bright orange fruit called Pindo dates. These palms vary in form from one individual to the next. Specimens raised in dry and/or infertile soils tend to be smaller in stature with smaller leaves. Light also affects the plant's form while those grown in full sun are more compact.

This picture shows our workers harvesting a Pindo Palm from our palm plantation.  The worker is trimming the old leaf stalks closer to the trunk for a clean finished appearance for the landscape.  Notice the root ball has not yet been separated from the ground.

These pictures show us digging up and moving a large Pindo Palm.  After the palm tree is lifted from the hole, the root ball is wrapped in plastic and then the top of the palm is tied for shipping.

Pindo Palms are native to the grasslands, dry woodlands and savannahs of South America. Populations range across a wide area of northern Argentina, southern Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. The pindo is a popular landscape item in North Florida and throughout the mild Gulf and Atlantic coastal regions of the southeastern United States. It is also popular in northern California and similar warm winter climates that are subject to occasional frosts.

Dates:  The Pindo palm flower stalk (called an inflorescence) emerges from a tan woody case called a bract. Later, the Pindo dates will grow on the flower stalk forming a large cluster of Pindo Dates.

Light: Full sun to moderate shade (the fronds grow longer in shady situations, giving the palm a more graceful aspect than those grown in full sun).
Moisture: Prefers sandy, well drained soil but is adaptable and very drought tolerant. Regular watering and feeding will produce a faster growing, more attractive palm.

Hardiness: USDA Zone 8-9. This is our hardiest feather leafed palm. Specimens can be seen in North Carolina and  Washington D.C. On the west coast the Pindo palm is grown in warmer Zone 8 microclimates as far north as British Columbia. This palm is not recommended for subtropical and tropical climates.

Propagation: This palm is typically propagated from seeds.  Pindo seeds can take from 12 to 24 months to germinate and young Pindo seedlings are fragile and slow growing.  Young palms are sometimes found under palms that have been allowed to produce fruit.  Once established in a container for two to three years, Pindo palms become very hardy and can tolerate a wide range of growing conditions.

Landscapers use Pindo palms as a lawn accent or in groupings. This palm is good for urban plantings and can also be grown at the beach behind dunes or other protection. Pindo palms will adapt to container culture.

This is a beautiful cold hardy palm that is very easy to grow.  It is also drought tolerant and resist diseases common to tropical palms. Like many palms, the Pindo produces an elaborate flowering structure called an inflorescence - the orange fruit forms on these structures after the female flowers have been pollinated. In the deep south, a jelly is made from these fruits. They have a terrific taste that starts out like apple and transforms to tart tropical flavors as it tantalizes the tongue.