SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: San Luis Obispo, CA, Balboa Park - San Diego, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA and Lotusland - Santa Barbara, CA
Utility friendly tree.
Branches don't droop and resist breakage.
Native to Southeastern Mexico.
A Beaucarnea recurvata in Berylwood Tree Farm, Somis is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 21 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 246 inches and a crown spread of 18 feet.
Additional Common Names
PONYTAIL PALM, BOTTLE PALM, ELEPHANT-FOOT TREE
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 12 - 20 feet.
Width: 6 - 12 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.
Leaves Linear, Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Yellow or White. Flowers in Spring or Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Pink to Brown Winged Seed, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.
Bark Gray, Rough or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Low to Moderately Low in Leaf.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 13 and 16 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Well Drained Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Acidic to Alkaline Soil pH.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen or Container.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Beaucarnea recurvata Tree Record." 1995-2018. Apr 23, 2018.
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