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SAN JOSE HESPER PALM
Brahea brandegeei

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Photo Locations: Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA, The Living Desert - Palm Desert, CA, Goleta Beach - Goleta, CA and Balboa Park - San Diego, CA

General Notes

This is a slow growing palm.

Has fragrant Flower.

Native to Baja California and Mexico.

Family: Arecaceae

Additional Common Names

SAN JOSE HESPER PALM, PALMA DE TACO

Tree Characteristics

Erect and requires ample growing space.

Palm Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 40 - 50 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Palmate, Bluish Green or Silver or Gray Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Fragrant White. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female reproductive parts on the same tree (monoecious).

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

Bark Light Green, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 13, 19 and 21 - 24.

Exposure Full Sun.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Highly 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 Moderate.

None Known Health Hazard.

Attracts Birds.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Brahea brandegeei Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/brahea-brandegeei >

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