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Butia capitata/Butia Palm

Butia capitata / Butia capitata
Silver-gray foliage makes a strong accent
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Silver-gray foliage makes a strong accent

Strong accent specimen

Fruiting cluster with palm sheath

Specimen, lawn palm

Silvery-gray palm fronds

Silvery-gray foliage a strong contrast to pine foliage

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Scientific Name: Butia capitata
Common Name: Butia Palm
Plant Type: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 5, 8, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Yellow, Orange
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Palms and Palm-like Plants
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: Tart fruit may be eaten fresh and juice may be used for making jelly. Has some tolerance to salty soils and sprays. Birds, particularly mockingbirds, like to eat the fruit. Can withstand moderate freezes (to about 15 degrees F). This palm has a much broader spread than most people expect, so allow considerable space for this accent palm. Makes a handsome lawn specimen. Disease may be a problem in some locations, especially in Florida and other coastal areas.