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MEXICAN BLUE PALM
Brahea armata

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Photo Locations: Lotusland - Santa Barbara, CA, Cal Poly State University - San Luis Obispo, CA, UC Berkeley Botanic Garden - Berkeley, CA and Santa Barbara Courthouse - Santa Barbara, CA

General Notes

Drought and wind tolerant. Subject to crown rot in coastal areas.

Has fragrant Flower.

Native to Baja California and Mexico.

Family: Arecaceae

Additional Common Names

MEXICAN BLUE PALM, BLUE HESPER PALM, SWEET BRAHEA PALM

Tree Characteristics

Erect with a Low Canopy.

Fan Palm Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 20 - 50 feet.

Width: 12 - 25 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Palmate, Silver Gray, No Change, Evergreen.

Fragrant Cream or White. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).

Black Drupe, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer Edible.

Bark Light Green, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 10, 12 - 17 and 19 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 8 - 11.

Exposure Full Sun.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Texas Root Rot. Susceptible to Crown 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

Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Brahea armata Tree Record." 1995-2017. Nov 23, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/brahea-armata >

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