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Brahea edulis

Guadalupe Palm

Brahea edulis is a slow growing palm that takes 2 - 3 months to deroot. It has palmate leaves and grows in partial shade or full sun. Though common in landscaping, it was once endangered in the wild. Spanish colonists brought destructive livestock to this plants native island, an by the 1870's there were over 100,000 goats. Fortunately, the goat population is now under control and this beautiful Mexican palm is making a comeback.

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Brahea edulis

Guadalupe Palm

Brahea edulis is a slow growing palm that takes 2 - 3 months to deroot. It has palmate leaves and grows in partial shade or full sun. Though common in landscaping, it was once endangered in the wild. Spanish colonists brought destructive livestock to this plants native island, an by the 1870's there were over 100,000 goats. Fortunately, the goat population is now under control and this beautiful Mexican palm is making a comeback.

Key Plant details

Cold Tolerance:

18°F (-8°C)

Growth Rate:

Total Height:

15-35 ft (4.6-10.7 m) tall

Habit:

Solitary trunks

Leaf Structure:

8-10 ft (2.4-3.0 m) long, palmate

Canopy size:

16-20 ft (4.9-6.1 m) wide, depending on sun exposure

Trunk width:

14-17 inches (36-43 cm) thick

Exposure:

Full sun to shade

Soil requirements:

Well-drained

Tolerances:

High drought tolerance, high salt tolerance

Reproduction:

Olive sized fruit, can be messy

Water usage:

Low

HEat requirement:

Full sun to shade

Hazards:

Native origin:

Guadalupe Island, Mexico

Further Reading:

Designing with Palms, Jason Dewees

What makes our plants so special? Our location on the cliffs of Santa Barbara receives over 280 days of sunshine a year and we utilize our indigenous soil, mixing it with a specialized amendment. Our plants are routinely watered, fertilized, and trimmed. We always aid our plants to proper health when needs arise, and we do so without the use of sprays.

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