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Acrocomia aculeata

Acrocomia aculeata Acrocomia aculeata Acrocomia aculeata Acrocomia aculeata

Photo Locations: Lotusland - Santa Barbara, CA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Tree can have single or multiple trunks. Takes little or no frost.

Has thorns.

Native to Tropical regions of the Americas.

Family: Arecaceae


Acrocomia mexicana
Acrocomia totai

Additional Common Names


Tree Characteristics

Feather Palm Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 30 - 50 feet.

Width: 15 - 20 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Frond, Medium to Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.

. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).

Brown Drupe, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches) Edible.

Bark Black or Dark Brown, Spiny.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 23 - 24.

Exposure Full Sun.

Moist Soil.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in South Coast.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Texas Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Attracts Birds.

Special Uses & Values


Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Acrocomia aculeata Tree Record." 1995-2018. Feb 23, 2018.
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