SelecTree: Tree Detail
MEXICAN BLUE PALM
Photo Locations: Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA, 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
Drought and wind tolerant. Subject to crown rot in coastal areas.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to Baja California and Mexico.
Additional Common Names
MEXICAN BLUE PALM, BLUE HESPER PALM, SWEET BRAHEA PALM
Erect with a Low Canopy.
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, Bluish Green or Silver or Gray Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Fragrant Cream or White. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female reproductive parts 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.
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.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Brahea armata Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 9, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/brahea-armata >
SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
Cal Poly / ESRI